Slovakia's PM survives no-confidence vote

Slovakia’s PM Igor MAtovic survived early on Friday a parliamentary no-confidence vote over allegations of plagiarism. Only 47 of the 125 lawmakers present in the 150-seat parliament voted for his dismissal, which would mean the end of his coalition government. The result was expected because the coalition has a comfortable majority.

The motion was requested by the opposition after a newspaper published allegations that the PM plagiarised most of his thesis on the impact of the tax system on businesses at Bratislava’s Comenius University in 1998. The 47-year-old Matovic said he was not aware of any wrongdoing. He acknowledged he didn’t pay much attention to his studies at the Faculty of Management in the final two years because he already focused on his business.

Matovic’ centre-right Ordinary People political group won Slovakia’s parliamentary election on 29 February. He created a coalition government with the pro-business Freedom and Solidarity party, the conservative For People party, and We Are Family, a populist right-wing group. The head of We Are Family, Boris Kollar, who is speaker of parliament, has also been facing allegations of plagiarism.

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