JÁN Mojžiš, head of National Security Office (NBÚ), was recalled in an October 2 vote, three weeks after an initial failure to remove the official over what PM Mikuláš Dzurinda dubbed as his "total loss of trust" in Mojžiš.
The coalition has yet to agree on Mojžiš's replacement. However, the cabinet agreed that Matej Sudor, current head of NBÚ's legislative department, would temporarily lead the office until October 30.
Ministers for the PM's Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and the liberals from New Citizen's Alliance (ANO) supported the move initiated by Dzurinda. The remaining two cabinet parties, the Christian Democrats (KDH) and the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK), refrained from voting.
Eight out of 15 cabinet ministers recalled Mojžiš and seven refrained. After the recall, Mojžiš said that he was "leaving the NBÚ as an independent and apolitical institution".
Dzurinda insisted, however, that even those ministers who did not support the recall would soon learn that that Mojžiš's removal was unavoidable.
Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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3. Oct 2003 at 10:52