A separate lawmaker could have decided the fate of the minority government of Slovakia on Tuesday, 13 December when the parliament voted in disapproval.
Prime Minister Eduard Heger’s fragmented centre-right coalition has been in minority since September. It is now up for election as many independents upon whom it depends since losing its majority expressed their desire that they overthrow government.
Analysts think that any change to the government could have an impact on EU member’s support for Ukraine’s neighbor. This is especially true if the leftist opposition wins victory over Kyiv’s request for military equipment.
The opposition must receive at least 76 votes to bring down Heger’s government. Local media pointed out that the outcome was due to an independent who was previously from a far-right faction. His vote could tip it in either direction.
Slavena Vorobelova said that she had made a decision but would only announce it Tuesday morning, before the vote.
The voting process took place at 10 GMT.
Opposition groups, including libertarian SaS Party, who quit Heger’s coalition last September, brought the no-confidence motion to accuse the government of not doing enough to help people cope with rising energy prices.
After months of fighting between Richard Sulik (its chairman), and Igor Matovic, (Finance Minister), SaS resigned from the government. Heger is also Heger’s party chief.
Heger said that his government should be able to lead the country through this difficult time. He pointed out that January will see an increase of energy prices for many households due to the fact that their fixed tariffs expire at the end.
Many parties want next year’s elections, prior to the February 2024 plan. This could be a way to ensure that the cabinet does not fail, or as a way to keep it in power.
If the motion of confidence is defeated, the government will remain in power. Its powers would be restricted if President Zuzana Kasputova appoints a new Cabinet. This could limit the ability of the organization to help people who are affected by rising energy costs.
The parliament will vote Tuesday on the 2023 budget. Senior lawmakers said that the bill could be delayed if the government collapses.
If the budget isn’t approved by the deadline, the government may be forced to provide interim funding. This would also assist with the cost of living.
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