DeSUS champion Karl Erjavec will decide by Tuesday morning whether to suspend consensus among MPs on his candidacy for prime minister due to new coronavirus infections. He will consult with lawyers. In his opinion, however, it would be right to suspend the procedure on constructive distrust and continue it when all deputies can decide on it.
Erjavec learned today that some deputies are infected with the coronavirus and would not be able to attend the extraordinary session of the National Assembly, at which they would decide on a vote of no confidence in the government. Janez Janša. This would mean an obstructed vote, as the rules of procedure of the National Assembly do not allow secret distance voting, Erjavec told reporters in the National Assembly today.
The Rules of Procedure of the National Assembly and the Constitution stipulate that, after a vote of no confidence in the National Assembly, the election of a new Prime Minister must take place within seven days. 42 deputies from LMŠ, SD, Levice, SAB and three from DeSUS filed a motion of censure on Friday, which means that the deadline for holding the session is this Friday. The National Assembly can decide otherwise with a majority of all deputies and extend the voting deadline to 30 days.
The convocation of the extraordinary session of the National Assembly, which is currently scheduled for Wednesday, will be decided on Tuesday by the College of the Speaker of the National Assembly. “Let the Speaker of the National Assembly indicate in which direction the solution will go and then it will be easier for me as well. However, I cannot agree that the Collegium of the Speaker of the National Assembly should decide to hold a session of the National Assembly this week. MEPs will not be able to take part, and when we know that 46 votes will be very difficult to get, “ said Erjavec.
He reminded that there are 42 signatures of deputies under the motion of censure, and with each deputy who is not present, the possibility of success decreases. That would be, in his opinion “unfair, unjust and discriminatory towards those Members who are ill and who are unable to participate in the sitting and exercise their constitutional rights”.
Erjavec will probably make a decision on the consent to constructive distrust before the collegium of the President of the National Assembly. He will turn to legal experts to tell him which solution would be most elegant, he said. On Tuesday, he will also hold talks with the presidents of the parties of the Coalition of the Constitutional Arc and make a final decision. However, he warns that a possible withdrawal of consent to the candidacy would not mean that there will be no debate on the vote of no confidence, but that it will take place at a time when it will be possible for all deputies to debate and decide in the National Assembly.
He noted that some leaders of parliamentary groups were missing. He talked to the leader of the DeSUS parliamentary group, France Jurša, who is in self-isolation because he was in contact with the leader of the SD deputies. Matjaž Han, which is infected with a new coronavirus.
Erjavec does not know how many deputies could be missing from the extraordinary session due to infections or self-isolation if it were this week. As he said, the decision is extremely difficult for him because they don’t even know where the number of missing people can go.
He recalled, however, the information that he was the director of Sova Janez Stušek, who attended a session of the parliamentary commission for the control of intelligence and security services on Friday, at which he was infected with the new coronavirus together with nine deputies. Among those who had risky contact were four MEPs proposing constructive distrust. However, Han and Jurša are not among them.
Erjavec was sharp to Stušek and wondered how it was possible for a person to lead “such a special service, he acts so irresponsibly that he became infected and even comes to the National Assembly”.
Zorčič insists on the middle
President of the National Assembly Igor Zorčič, a staunch supporter of the government, said he believes the date of the meeting will remain Wednesday. According to him, the postponement of the session, for example to Friday, does not solve the problem of MPs who may be tested for the new coronavirus. The Rules of Procedure of the National Assembly do not allow deputies to hold a secret ballot as part of a remote session.
According to Parliament Speaker Igor Zorčič, if the consent to the candidacy is withdrawn, this procedure will be completed. They will have to resubmit any new proposal for constructive no-confidence, including the signatures of the deputies, Zorčič explained.
Erjavec had problems collecting his signatures under the no-confidence motion, especially with his parliamentary group. Member of Parliament Branko Simonovic lastly did not sign the proposal.
Source: Svet24.si by novice.svet24.si.
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