Slovak government again divided over ousting of justice minister.

Notably missing from the meeting was former PM and OĽANO party leader Igor Matovič, who Kolíková said asked her to ‘take political accountability’. [Shutterstock/Ventura]

A proposal put forward by the opposition to oust Slovak Justice Minister Mária Kolíková from the coalition party Za ľudí due to conflict of interest was shot down by members of government.

However, lawmakers from the leading coalition party, OĽANO – who promised not to break their cooperation agreement – asserted their continued distrust in a meeting. Notably missing from the meeting was former PM and OĽANO party leader Igor Matovič, who Kolíková said asked her to “take political accountability.” 

The relationship between the two soured after she called Matovič out for lying about the contents of a Sputnik V deal with Russia, a controversy that ultimately led to him stepping down

Matovič’s OĽANO MPs called for a second grilling of the justice minister at their party meeting because voting continued late into the evening.

The opposition accused Kolíková of a conflict of interest due to her brother’s connection to a businessman who owns the ministry building. Kolíkova has rejected claims of corruption, adding that she had no role in the lease negotiations, which were concluded before her term, a claim supported by the then minister. (Barbara Zmušková | EURACTIV.sk)

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