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The firing squad: Nine ministers gone

August 9, 1999: Telecom and Transport Minister Gabriel Palacka (SDK) resigns over corruption allegations regarding tender for privatisation advisor for sale of state stake in telecoms monopoly ST, as well as abandoned tender for new GSM 1800 band operator.

October 19, 1999: Economy Minister Ľudovít Černák (SDK) resigns.

July 4, 2000: Health Minister Tibor Šagát (SDK) resigns over controversy surrounding poor medical treatment of critically ill President Rudolf Schuster.

January 2, 2001: Defence Minister Pavol Kanis (SDĽ) leaves office after he is unable to satisfy demands to explain the source of funding for his new Bratislava villa.

May 3, 2001: Deputy Prime Minister for Integration Pavol Hamžík (SOP) is fired by PM Mikuláš Dzurinda over the alleged mishandling of millions of euros in European Union pre-entry funding.

May 14, 2001: Interior Minister Ladislav Pittner resigns over failure to see most serious high-level corruption and political crime cases under former government successfully investigated.

January 29, 2002: Finance Minister Brigita Schmögnerová (SDĽ) resigns after conflict with her party's leadership, which declares lack of faith in her professional performance.

April 18, 2002: Education Minister Milan Ftáčnik (SDĽ) resigns after quitting his party to help found another.

June 17, 2002: PM Dzurinda delivers a request that Transport Minister Jozef Macejko (SDKÚ) be fired for allegedly interfering in a tender for the state railways company.

Source: Sita news agency

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