New ministers take seats

REPLACEMENTS for three ministers from the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), who left the government on February 7, took their seats yesterday.

President Ivan Gašparovič named Martin Pado from the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) as the new interior minister, replacing the KDH's Vladimír Palko.

László Szigeti of the Hungarian Coalition Party is the new education minister instead of Martin Fronc, while Lucia Žitňanská is the new justice minister, replacing Daniel Lipšic.

All three new ministers served as deputy ministers in their respective ministries until now.

Although Žitňanská is not a member of any political party, she was nominated to the deputy minister post in October 2002 by the KDH.

The KDH expressed disappointment that Žitňanská had accepted the offer to stay on, the SME daily reported.

Žitňanská said her decision to remain had been motivated by her desire to "maintain continuity at the ministry".

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports. The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of its flash postings.

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