Infected PM has paralysed coalition. National emergency may be in danger

Another parliamentary session is expected before or shortly after Christmas to allow lockdown rules to continue.

Coalition MPs may struggle to find 90 votes in parliamentCoalition MPs may struggle to find 90 votes in parliament (Source: TASR)

PM Igor Matovič and several ministers have tested positive in the past days. A number of MPs of his Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) have been quarantined as well, after contact with Matovič. The Christmas quarantine may complicate the working of lockdown measures for the country.

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This is because the parliament has not yet managed to vote on the new rules for declaring the national emergency. The draft law that requires the constitutional majority to be approved allows the cabinet to repeatedly prolong the national emergency. Without the votes of dozens of MPs, the coalition does not have enough votes, the Sme daily reported.

If the parliament fails to vote, and the cabinet is not subsequently able to prolong the national emergency declared on October 1, this will automatically end on December 29, after the legal term of 90 days. The potential risks of the national emergency coming to an end include the impossibility of declaring and enforcing curfew and a ban on gatherings; as well as a threat to the functioning of hospitals, which are expected to work under ever greater strain in the coming weeks.

“For example, if ten important doctors in a hospital decide that they have had enough and quit, without a national emergency it is not possible to prevent them from doing so,” said expert on health care law, Ivan Humeník, as quoted by Sme.

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