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Hrušovský: I see apathy in people
24 Feb 2014 Michaela Terenzani - Stanková Politics & Society
THE CONSTITUTION needs to be changed and Štefan Harabin should be removed from the top judicial post. This is what the candidate of the three major rightist parties prescribes as a remedy for the problems of the judiciary. The Slovak Spectator interviewed Pavol Hrušovský, the only official candidate of the parliamentary opposition in the presidential race, who stresses the need for a dialogue between the government and the opposition.
The Slovak Spectator (TSS): Given the presidential powers, what priorities would you set out for your term in office and what would be the biggest challenge for you?
TSS: The president is an important player in the area of foreign policy. What would your priorities be in foreign policy and Slovak representation? Where would you go for your first state visit?
TSS: How would you use the act of individual presidential pardons and amnesties?
I would rather push towards the abolition of the shameful [Vladimír] Mečiar amnesties that disallowed the investigation of suspicions that state bodies were involved in criminal activities.
TSS: The president can appoint three members of the Judicial Council. Would you use this power to change the presidential appointees in the top justice body?
TSS: Judicial Council Chairman Štefan Harabin suggested that the Judicial Council could be chaired by the country’s president, like in Italy. Can you imagine yourself chairing this top judicial body?
TSS: What do you consider the country’s biggest problems? What would you highlight in a state of the republic report?
TSS: What do you consider to be your main advantage and disadvantage in the presidential race?
THERE are currently 14 candidates in the presidential race scheduled for March 15. Ahead of the official election campaign, The Slovak Spectator requested interviews from the five front runners who top the polls, asking all of them identical questions about their strengths and weaknesses in the race, and their projects for the presidential term if they are elected.
The current issue features interviews with independent candidate Radoslav Procházka and Pavol Hrušovský, the official candidate of the People’s Platform. The next edition will feature interviews with Andrej Kiska and Milan Kňažko, both independent. Prime Minister Robert Fico, the official candidate of the ruling Smer party, declined the request, citing his busy schedule as the main reason.
Kiska, Procházka (both running as independent), and Hrušovský responded to The Slovak Spectator’s questions via email. Independent candidate Kňažko spoke with The Slovak Spectator over the phone.
The list of candidates also includes: businessman and civil activist Jozef Behýl; co-founder and former member of the KDH Ján Čarnogurský; member of the Party of Hungarian Community (SMK) Gyula Bárdos; cardio-surgeon Viliam Fischer; scientist Milan Melník; Mayor of Rimavská Sobota Jozef Šimko; former ambassador to Argentina Ján Jurišta; MP for the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) Helena Mezenská; and chair of the Coalition of Citizens of Slovakia Stanislav Martinčko.
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