Opposition Parties Motion To Impeach President
Parliament will look into President Gasparovic’s decision not to elect Jozef Centes to the post of Attorney General in an extraordinary session on Wednesday 16 January, convened by the four former government coalition parties that backed Centes’ election (KDH, SDKU, Most-Hid and SaS parties).
The four parties are demanding that President Gasparovic explain the grounds for his decision, which opposed Centes’ election to the post in a blind ballot in parliament back in June 2011. Gasparovic’s spokesman has announced that the President would not be attending this particular session, however.
Gasparovic stalled for over 18 months before finally announcing his final decision at the beginning of this month, meaning a new Attorney General election would have to take place in parliament where Robert Fico’s Smer-SD party enjoys an outright majority. Gasparovic thus ignored the parliamentary election of Centes to the post and also a ruling of the Constitutional Court backing the election outcome. The former four-party coalition parties are basically trying to impeach the President for willful infringement of the Slovak Constitution.
Meanwhile, MP Igor Matovič from the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) is also planning to file a motion to limit the powers of the President in future and lay down terms by which he has to respect certain rulings and decisions, because this time the President sat on the issue like a hen for over a year and a half before it was prime hatching time, as the law does not stipulate his grace period.
The SaS party (Freedom and Solidarity party) is preparing the opposition parties’ lawsuit against the President, which they hope to motion in parliament on Wednesday. A three-fifths majority is required for parliament to lodge an impeachment petition against the President to the Constitutional Court, and even if a petition was lodged, the Constitutional Court would have to rule that the President acted against the Constitution ‘willfully’.