The departure of the Mária Kolíková faction to the SaS parliamentary club caused a stalemate. On the one hand, no one wants to fundamentally change the coalition agreement, on the other hand, she lost one ministry for the people. According to political scientist Jozef Lenč, a three-party coalition would be the solution. However, whether the coalition will make such a rational decision is questionable, as they do not prefer them, according to the political scientist.
How do you evaluate the step of Mária Kolíková and her supporters from the platform For a Fair Slovakia to transfer to the SaS parliamentary club?
As a logical outcome of the situation in which Mária Kolíková and her supporters found themselves. As they have repeatedly stated that they want to support the government coalition and at the same time their goal was to be part of a coalition that has a voice and to be respected, and I think that in order to ensure that Maria Kolíková continues club of one of the coalition parties was an understandable decision. As non-attached deputies, they would be in a much worse position than as deputies who are part of a parliamentary club of a governing coalition.
If Kolíková were to remain in the position of Minister of Justice, then the coalition agreement should probably be amended, because the Ministry of Justice belongs to the For People party. However, Igor Matovič, the leader of OĽaNO, does not want to change it. What is the way out of such a heel?
If Igor Matovič in particular wants to deprive Mária Kolíková the position of Minister of Justice, then the decision must be made by Prime Minister Eduard Heger. Personally, however, I do not know how he would argue to the public that he is dismissing the minister for whom he recently stood up. The governing coalition itself has repeatedly described it as a key person in the fight for a just Slovakia and for the change they wanted to push through. So the coalition is currently in a stalemate. On the one hand, the balance of power in the SaS club has changed in terms of the number of deputies, we have a minister for whom the governing coalition has stood up several times, including the prime minister, and a situation where we have a coalition partner who basically has no deputies but in the original wording. coalition agreement should be entitled to two ministerial seats. The stalemate is today, but I don’t know how it turns out. It would be rational for the governing coalition to change to a three-party coalition. But in the case of this governing coalition, it is clear to us that rational solutions are not what they are. Rather, they prefer various emotional and often significantly non-standard solutions to problems. So, in this case, I would like to wait for what the governing coalition can come up with and in what way it will again deny rationality in its decision-making and in its political steps.Read more There will be peace and reconciliation!
So can it be that the coalition agreement does not change and is contrary to reality?
I can’t quite imagine how they would explain such a reality. When a decision is made, or a status quo remains, journalists will ask, maybe analysts and maybe some government politicians, such as MPs. The situation that the coalition agreement will not change and everything will remain as it is so far is one of the possible outcomes. However, I do not think that this will benefit the stability of the governing coalition. Therefore, a rational solution that would help things is to change the coalition agreement. This is to reflect the current situation in the coalition in terms of the number of deputies. Because they decide whether or not a coalition has a majority in parliament. And not as interpreted by some members of the coalition, such as Minister Naď or Matovič, who convert the number of seats to the percentage that the parties won in the parliamentary elections.Read more Will Heger say obedience to Matovic?
How should Veronika Remišová proceed now?
It is difficult for me to advise Veronika Remišová, because she has already taken so many bad steps that even the best-intentioned council will not fix what it has gone wrong. All that remains for her at this point is to retain as many Members as possible. So far, he has four. If she pushes for the dismissal of Mária Kolíková, she will have three left, because when Kolíková gets into parliament, she will have to leave the deputy Pivková, who is Remiš’s supporter. She will have to convince the Žitňanská duo, Šeliga, to be on her side, which is also not certain yet. In the event that it fails to retain at least four deputies, its prospects of maintaining a ministerial post are not optimistic. He also has no way to get new members. Only, as they say in the corridors, that Igor Matovič would lend her some deputies, which is also a bizarre situation. In order to maintain her “right” to the ministerial post, she then has only one option left, in which her two or four deputies would also become part of a parliamentary group. And since Igor Matovič said that Veronika Remišová basically never left OĽaNO, she could save her ministerial work by becoming part of the OĽaNO club. However, this does not mean that it will help the party. I think that under the leadership of Veronika Remišová, there is no possibility that would lead to the For People’s Party ever being a relevant political party. This means a political party that will have a chance to think of being part of the National Council after any future elections. Rather, it is more likely to be either integrated with OĽaNO, for example, than many other parties represented in the National Council today thanks to the broad OĽaNO candidate, or affected by the fate of parties that came to parliament and then not even a dog barked at them. Such as the SOP parties, ANO Pavel Ruska, the Radoslav Procházka Network and the like.
From the outside, it seems that in the For People party it was not a value dispute, but rather a personnel one. Why has the party failed to resolve the conflict within the framework of intra-party mechanisms?
The value dispute could not be there because the party did not have any ideological values. There was nothing to lean on. Even if the original idea was that it would be a centrist party uniting conservatives and liberals, then this was also not a conflict between those who promoted the conservative and liberal lines of the party. However, I would not say that it was a personnel conflict. Rather, the dispute was about what the party’s policy should be in the context of its involvement in the governing coalition. Whether vajatava and promatovičovská, minted by Veronika Remišová, or let’s say more action-packed and sovereign, minted by Mária Kolíková and her supporters. How it turned out is the result of how this party came into being. It was formed as a party for President Kisk. He set up his statutes so as not to allow the functioning of intra-party democracy. And even on the level that party members and even party leaders could enforce their vision of politics and the direction of the political party. It turned out that the key problem lay in the party’s statutes, which basically allowed Veronika Remišová to destroy the political party.
Will the alliance between Boris Kollár and Igor Matovič be stronger now that Richard Sulík’s position has strengthened?
The alliance was strong, but was disrupted by the Pčolinský case and the relationship with the Minister of the Interior. It is possible that the strengthening of Sulík will bring them back to themselves and they will overcome this tearing. However, Boris Kollár can also feel that it is politically better for him to be closer to Sulík and will use this opportunity. In any case, it seems again from the corridor speeches that Boris Kollár will try to solve the weakening of his position by recruiting non-attached deputies who are currently in opposition. The mayor of Rimavská Sobota Šimko is mentioned, maybe members of Taraba and Kuffovec will also find their way to Kollár. Matovič’s alliance with Kollár was pragmatic, and if they both felt that strengthening Sulík threatened them, it was possible that they would try to minimize his influence in some way. This is also possible by gaining more deputies, so that in the event that Sulík threatens to leave the governing coalition, the coalition can survive, albeit with only a minimal majority.
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