Slota calls on Harabin to give up Constitutional Court hopes

JÁN Slota, the leader of the ruling Slovak National Party (SNS), called on Justice Minister Štefan Harabin to give up his candidacy for a post as one of nine new Constitutional Court justices.

Harabin is among the 18 candidates elected by parliament as possible Constitutional Court justices. Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič now has to choose 9 names for the vacant posts.

According to Slota, Harabin “is the right man to lead the ministry”.

Harabin, who was nominated to his ministry post by the HZDS party, said he was considering Slota’s appeal. “In recent days I have received hundreds of appeals from judges [to remain minister] despite the seditious media campaign against me,” he said.

Even HZDS representatives said they thought Harabin was a good minister and that he was doing his job well, the Sme daily wrote. Smer, the strongest ruling party, also praises Harabin as minister.

The president is expected to choose the new Constitutional Court judges “soon” according to presidential spokesman Marek Trubač

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