Defense minister's position shaking

Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda will request President Rudolf Schuster to recall Ivan Šimko from his post as defence minister. The board of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) backs Dzurinda in his effort. Only Zuzana Martiňáková (deputy speaker of parliament) voted against the recall.

Šimko, an SDKÚ member, abstained from voting on the recall of the head of National Security Office (NBÚ) Ján Mojžiš, whom Dzurinda wanted to have sacked due to a "total loss of confidence" in him.

The SDKÚ had recommended Šimko to vote in favour of sacking Mojžiš but did not obey the command of his party. Dzurinda said he did not understand Šimko's attitude.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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