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Slovak Parliament Grapples with Motion to Dismiss Interior Minister

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Israel Ojoko
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Slovak Parliament Grapples with Motion to Dismiss Interior Minister

Investigations are underway at the Slovak parliament, where the motion to dismiss the Interior Minister, Ľaj Eštok, has taken center stage.

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The opposition has vehemently criticized Eštok for his handling of police personnel issues and violations of the State Service Act and the Protection of Whistleblowers Act.

The opposition, primarily the Smer party, has accused witnesses in Smer-related cases of being informants while labeling the investigators as criminals.

Under Fire from Opposition

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Jozef Pročko, a representative from the Slovensko movement, has spotlighted significant errors and misappropriations by Smer that have been backed up by multiple witnesses and accused individuals.

The minister's defense was notably led by Tibor Gašpar, an MP from the Smer party who is currently facing criminal charges.

The session was temporarily halted by Vice-Speaker of Parliament Michal Šimečka and is set to resume on Wednesday. The no-confidence vote is expected to take place around 11:00 AM.

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Accusations of 'Mafia' Government

Igor Matovič and other politicians have accused the current administration of operating like a 'mafia' with Minister Eštok acting as its executor.

They highlighted cases involving former police officials from the Smer era and expressed optimism that truth and justice would eventually prevail, allowing the police to regain their freedom of action.

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The session is scheduled to continue until 7:00 PM, with the timing of the vote being contingent on the number of MPs participating in the debate.

Call for Accountability

SaS MP Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová criticized Minister Eštok's absence from the plenary discussions, viewing it as a blatant discourtesy. Alojz Hlina of SaS underscored the need for politicians and ministers who don't need to apologize, indicating that without accountability, mistakes will continue to thrive.

The news report reflects a strong sentiment among the opposition and some coalition members that Minister Eštok should step down due to his actions.

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