Politicians dreaming of ministerial posts

WHO WILL hold ministerial seats in the next Slovak cabinet? Political parties have already begun short-listing candidates, but few names have yet been made public.

The most attractive ministries are economy, interior and labour, while the ministries of health care, defence and agriculture are the least popular.

Monika Beňová, deputy chair of the leftist opposition Smer party, which leads by a wide margin in the polls, was the first to publicly declare an interest in a ministerial seat (foreign affairs), although the rightist governmental Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) also has a strong interest in the post, the SME daily wrote.

According to Smer's Pavol Paška, his party is interested in the finance and the labour ministry posts as well, and sees its own Robert Kaliňák as a future defence minister.

The Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) wants to continue in the ministries the party has administered so far: agriculture, regional development and education. However, the Hungarians would also gladly take the interior ministry slot.

The Christian Democrats (KDH) will be aiming for ministries where they could focus on their agenda, including education, interior and justice.

The Free Forum is interested in the labour ministry for Zuzana Martináková, and economy for Branislav Opaterný.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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