PRAGUE (Reuters) – Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic stated on Sunday he was prepared to step down to resolve a crisis in his four-party coalition, if his coalition companions agreed to conditions together with a Cabinet seat for himself.
The year-old coalition has been hit by disputes over Matovic’s administration fashion, which boiled over earlier this month when he ordered politically delicate shipments of the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine with out his companions’ information.
“If coalition partners meet the commitments that they have publicly declared, and that is what our demands are based on, I am willing to step down as the chairman of the Cabinet and work as one of its members,” Matovic stated in a press release to the press proven reside on social media.
Matovic, a former anti-corruption activist and founding father of the OLANO get together, demanded that the chief of the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) get together and Economy Minister Richard Sulik go away the Cabinet.
Matovic’s proposals additionally included the departure of a minister from one other get together and one much less Cabinet seat for SaS.
Sulik, who has clashed with Matovic, earlier referred to as his rule “chaotic” and stated he was keen to go if Matovic went too.
SaS welcomed Matovic’s provide and stated it opened the room for negotiations, but the get together stated in a press release it rejected the demand to quit one Cabinet seat, in addition to the proposal that Sulik leaves the federal government whereas Matovic stays.
The authorities events gained a landslide in final 12 months’s election as Slovaks, offended on the killing of an investigative journalist, demanded a cleanup of the nation’s murky connections amongst enterprise, politics, police and the judiciary.
A sequence of investigations and prosecutions has adopted the change of presidency, but the coalition stays tormented by disputes.
Slovakia, one of many European nations worst hit by the coronavirus, obtained 200,000 Sputnik vaccines out of an agreed 2 million on March 1, but has but to begin inoculations whereas the batch is reviewed by Slovak authorities.
It was the second European Union nation after Hungary to purchase Sputnik, which has not been cleared by the EU drug regulator.
(Reporting by Jan Lopatka; Editing by Giles Elgood and Peter Cooney)