Cultural community calls for minister’s dismissal

OVER 50 personalities from Slovakia's cultural life called on the government to recall Culture Minister František Tóth, the daily SME reported.

In their appeal, the group writes that the minister has failed to handle "the operation of cultural institutions and culture in general." They also claimed that culture should not be a "guinea pig in the hand of an agile politician."

Tóth, who originally was a close ally of New Citizens Alliance (ANO) boss Pavol Rusko, is now a member of the group around Ľubomír Lintner who departed from ANO in protest against suspicions of corruption surrounding his former boss.

Artists, actors and cultural activists claim that the culture department under the leadership of Tóth is "leaning towards a vulgar understanding of economic liberalism."

The Culture Ministry responded that the minister would not respond to the appeal since it does not contain one single concrete objection.

The opposition has been trying to recall Minister Tóth for a while and several opposition members expressed agreement with the letter.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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