Matovič survived the Slovak opposition’s attempt to express no confidence


73 of the 124 MPs present voted for the dismissal of Matovič; however, in order for the lower house to express no confidence in a member of the government, at least 76 legislators in the 150-member National Council must support the relevant proposal. Matovič was not in the chamber of parliament during the vote of the deputies, because he is participating in the meeting of the finance ministers of the European Union countries in Luxembourg.

The vote for Matovič was mainly caused by the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party, whose four ministers left the government precisely because of him. Earlier, the finance minister rejected the SaS ultimatum to leave the cabinet.

In addition to government MPs, for example, three non-affiliated MPs who entered the lower house on the candidate list of the far-right Kotlebovci-Lidová strana Naše Slovensko party did not vote for Matovič’s departure, who, according to the press, had previously supported some of the proposals of the minority government in the lower house.

In June, the aforementioned trio of MPs also helped break President Zuzana Čaputová’s veto regarding the law on higher financial support for families from Matovič’s workshop; At the time, the government’s SaS was still against the law because of its effects on the management of local governments and because of the way it was approved.

The opposition parties claimed that Matovič ruins public finances with his proposals, does not fulfill his duties in the interest of citizens, undermines the faith of civil society in the honest and responsible performance of public office, and that his style spreads tension in society and that he sees the performance of office as his own show.

The head of the strongest government movement Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OLaNO) Matovič rejected the accusations. He also used his appearances before members of the House of Representatives on the motion of no confidence last week to make further attacks against his opponents, including the SaS, whose candidate he entered high politics in 2010. Matovič did not spare the president or the media with criticism.

Two years ago, Matovič’s movement convincingly won the parliamentary elections with 25 percent of the vote. Now OLaNO’s preferences are at a single-digit level, and Matovič himself ranks among the least trusted politicians in the country. Last year, after pressure from SaS and the smallest government party Za lidi, Matovič resigned as prime minister. At the time, SaS claimed that the head of OLaNO was not capable of leading the country in terms of personality, management or communication.


Source: EuroZprávy.cz by eurozpravy.cz.

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