Slovak PM silent over solving government crisis

“I did not receive any specific answer,” the head of state said after a 45-minute meeting with the PM. “I asked the prime minister to end the coalition and government crisis as soon as possible,” she added. [EPA-EFE/Lukasz Gagulski]

After Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová met with Prime Minister Igor Matovič on Tuesday to ask what steps he intends to take towards ending Slovakia’s current coalition crisis, which has been ongoing for three weeks, the PM offered little insight into how he would avoid the collapse of his government.

“I did not receive any specific answer,” the head of state said after a 45-minute meeting with the PM. “I asked the prime minister to end the coalition and government crisis as soon as possible,” she added.

Last week, two junior coalition parties, SaS (Freedom and Solidarity) and Za ľudí (For the People) asked Matovič to step down as prime minister, threatening to leave the government. If the SaS and For the People parties were to depart from the coalition, seven out of 16 ministers would leave Matovic’s government. 

While Matovič has not yet commented on these demands, Labour Minister Milan Krajniak of Sme Rodina (We Are Family), in a surprise move, resigned from his post on Monday, in what he said was a “political gesture to end the coalition crisis”.

Meanwhile, Matovic’s movement OĽaNO (Ordinary People and Independent Personalities) continues to reject calls for his departure.

(Marián Koreň | EURACTIV.sk)

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