Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda has announced that former interior minister Ladislav Pittner is the coalition candidate for head of the Slovak Information Service (SIS). The previous head of the SIS, Vladimír Mitro, stepped down two weeks ago after a series of scandals.
The selection appears to have the agreement of most coalition parties. Only the New Citizen's Alliance (ANO) showed dissent, with its parliamentary caucus leader Ľubomír Lintner saying, "We still have to discuss the matter". Pittner has had conflicts in the past with ANO leader Pavol Rusko, claiming that Rusko had links to the Ukrainian mafia.
Pittner spent most of his career as a member of the Christian Democrats. He joined Dzurinda's Slovak Democratic and Christian Union when it was formed in 2001.
Compiled by Conrad Toft from press reports.
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26. Mar 2003 at 10:46