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Harabin, Šafárik not among new Constitutional Court judges

PRESIDENT Ivan Gašparovič has announced the names of 9 new Constitutional Court justices that he selected out of 18 candidates for 12-year terms. Legal experts agree that as far as was possible he preferred professional reputation above political allegiance in his choices.

For example, the list does not include current Justice Minister Štefan Harabin, the nominee of the ruling coalition Movement for a Democratic Slovakia party, or Tibor Šafárik, who was supported by the ruling coalition Slovak National Party.

The future justices, who will officially be named to their posts this Friday, are Iveta Marušáková, Sergej Kohut, Lajos Mészáros, Ladislav Orosz, Peter Brňák, Ľudmila Gajdošíková, Marianna Mochnáčová, Milan Ľalík, and Rudolf Tkáčik.

On Friday the president should also name the court’s new chief justice and deputy chief justices.

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