Central bank dispute heats up

THE CONSTITUTIONAL Court will decide the latest dispute between the government and Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič, who has refused to name Vladimír Tvaroška as the new vice-governor of the Slovak central bank, even though Tvaroška was approved by both the cabinet and parliament.

The president explained his unprecedented step by saying he could not appoint Tvaroška because the 34-year-old deputy finance minister did not meet the requirements for the job, namely that he have at least five years of experience in financial management.

According to Finance Minister Ivan Mikloš, the president did not have the authority to reject the nomination.

The legal community, however, says that even if the Constitutional Court does rule that the president did not have the power to reject Tvaroška, it does not mean that the wrong will be corrected.

"I'm not sure whether [the court] can order the president to name the candidate," said Ernest Valko, a former chief justice of the Czechoslovak Constitutional Court, for the Pravda daily.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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