Slovakia’s prime minister, Peter Pellegrini, has survived a no-confidence vote initiated by the country’s opposition when he refused to remove a minister who was allegedly involved in the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak.
Former deputy justice minister Monika Jankovská had contacts with one of the main suspects in Mr Kuciak’s murder, Marian Kočner, whose business deals were a subject of Kuciak’s articles. Although she denied any involvement, she resigned under pressure from the opposition.
According to Mr Pellegrini, the opposition’s reasons for his dismissal were poorly justified and irrelevant.
Sixty-two MPs voted in favour of the prime minister’s dismissal, while 66 voted against and three abstained.