Interior Minister Kalinak Survives Another No-confidence Vote

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Interior Minister Robert Kalinak (photo by TASR)

Bratislava, December 6 (TASR) – Interior Minister Robert Kalinak (Smer-SD) will retain his post, as the Opposition failed to oust him for the third time on Wednesday, garnering only 53 votes from the 128 MPs present for its motion of no-confidence in Parliament.

This time the Opposition wanted to oust Kalinak over his repeated failures in the post of interior minister. The vote on Wednesday morning took place following a more than 13-hour-long debate that began at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

All the present MPs from the governing parties Smer-SD, Slovak National Party (SNS) and Most-Hid backed Kalinak, while only Martin Fedor of Most-Hid abstained from the vote.

Meanwhile, Kalinak’s ouster was supported by MPs from Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), OLaNO, We Are Family and Kotleba-People’s Party Our Slovakia (LSNS).

With one break between 2010-2012, Kalinak has been holding the post of interior minister since 2006.