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Coalition’s fractures deepening following the vote on anti-inflation package

Coalition’s fractures deepening following the vote on anti-inflation package

Parliament on Wednesday overruled President Zuzana Caputova's veto concerning the law on financing children's leisure time. Finance Minister Igor Matovic introduced this law as part of the so-called anti-inflation package. MPs approved the law in its original wording, thus rejecting the president's comments. The president's comments concerned the measures that should take effect as of January 2023, which as she pointed out should not have been approved in a fast-track legislative procedure. Following the breaking of her veto, Zuzana Caputova announced that she respects the MPs’ vote; however, she will ask the Constitutional Court to assess the constitutionality of the legislative process in which the package of laws was adopted.

The approval of the law as a whole was backed by 77 out of 142 MPs present at the voting. All MPs of the senior coalition party OLaNO voted for it, only Juraj Krupa refrained from voting, despite several MPs voicing their concerns days prior to the vote. They hesitated to overrule the president’s veto with the help of opposition far-right MPs. The entire coalition Freedom and Solidarity caucus voted against the law. MPs for the governing For the People party refrained from voting, as did the Independents around Peter Pellegrini.

Following Wednesday’s vote, the governing Freedom and Solidarity party has once again announced they will stop attending coalition council meetings. The reason is the continuing attacks made by Finance Minister Igor Matovic. The party responded to Matovic's statements that Freedom and Solidarity was allegedly bargaining with the opposition to support the veto. The party led by Economy Minister Richard Sulik denied negotiations with the opposition. “Igor Matovic is only lying and doing so just after his MPs overrode the president's veto with the fascists," said the party. Matovic responded that Sulik’s party is only looking for a pretext to reach an early election.

According to Juraj Seliga of the junior coalition party For the People, the stability of the coalition is threatened. According to him, three coalition parties were ready to negotiate and vote on President Zuzana Caputova's comments on the anti-inflation package but OLaNO did not want to back down and chose the path of cooperation with the far-right. Moreover, Seliga is also uncertain whether families will receive something, as it is not known what the Constitutional Court will do.

Parliamentary Chair and 'We Are Family' leader Boris Kollar believes that the coalition will manage the situation, emotions will fade away and coalition partners will return to one table. Prime Minister Eduard Heger (OLaNO) also called on Finance Minister Igor Matovic and Economy Minister Richard Sulik to control their statements and instead of escalating tensions, to find their way to each other as they have repeatedly done in the past.

Source: TASR

Zuzana Botiková, Photo: TASR

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