Madaric: Only Thing Smer-SD Can Do Is to Accede to Snap Election

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Former Smer-SD vice-chair and former Culture Minister Marek Madaric (Photo by TASR)

Bratislava, March 13 (TASR) – The only thing the governing party Smer-SD can do in the present situation is to join other political parties requesting a snap parliamentary election, said former vice-chairman of the party and former culture minister Marek Madaric in Parliament on Tuesday.

Slovak National Party (SNS) vice-chair Jaroslav Paska said that the deadlines for the early election should be adjusted to the situation in the country. In the meantime the Government should continue in its activities.
According to Madaric, a snap election is probably the most consensual and rational solution at the moment. “After almost all parties have said that they support the idea of an early election, Smer-SD has no other option than to join this because this early election will be held anyway, but the question right now really is its date, which is a thing political parties should agree on,” said Madaric, stressing that if the parties conclude an agreement on a snap election, a special parliamentary session with a no-confidence motion in Prime Minister Robert Fico (Smer-SD) would be groundless and would be an “absolutely nonsensical spectacle”.
Madaric indirectly criticised the leadership of his own party for its procedures in the wake of the murders of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée. “If certain decisions had been made at the right time, the situation could have been quite different, more peaceful, because I don’t think it would be the worst thing if this coalition had continued after taking some steps,” he said.