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The parties of the former Slovak government coalition agree to support the budget

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According to Slovak media, this was announced at a joint press conference by Prime Minister Eduard Heger and President of the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party Richard Sulík. Parliament has to approve the budget on Thursday, and if lawmakers approve it, Slovakia will be out of the budget stalemate.

At the same time, according to Slovak media, the head of government said that Igor Matovič, Minister of Finance and head of the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OLaNO) movement, will take over the head of the finance department after parliament approves it. budget. According to Sulík, Prime Minister Heger will likely become the authorized finance minister from Friday. Matovič today offered to resign from the government if SaS helps the outgoing cabinet approve the state budget for next year

A budget deficit could hamper aid to people hit by skyrocketing energy prices. In the draft budget, the cabinet allocated about 3.5 billion euros (84.7 billion kroner) to offset energy prices, and coalition representatives previously promised that in 2023 electricity prices for families in the country will remain unchanged, while heat and natural gas will be more. 15 percent is expensive. According to Matovič, it is not possible to provide assistance to people in connection with high energy prices without the approval of the budget.

Matovič submitted his resignation last week before a vote of no confidence in the government. At the time, he made this move conditional on the approval of the budget and also on SaS’s withdrawal of the parliamentary no-confidence motion to the cabinet. SaS had rejected Matovič’s offer at the time. The Finance Minister finally arrived at the presidential palace, but at the last moment changed his mind about his own resignation, even though he had signed the relevant document. Shortly after, the lower house expressed distrust of the government.

Slovak government crisis

We wrote about the Slovak government crisis here.

Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová dismissed Heger’s government on Friday, and according to the constitution, Heger’s cabinet will remain in office until a new government with limited powers is appointed.

According to the Teraz.sk website, the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OLaNO), Jsme rodina, Svoboda a Solidarita (SaS) and Za lidi parties have now agreed to approve the budget.

Source: Seznam Zpravy

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