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Deputy agriculture minister resigns

DEPUTY Agriculture Minister Marián Radošovský of the ruling Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) announced that he would resign.

He departure is linked to an agricultural subsidy that he recieved on behalf of his company, Farm, which accepted a grant worth Sk7.5 million (€1.9 million) from the ministry between 2002 and 2004.

Agriculture Minister Zsolt Simon, a member of the ruling Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK), whose company Agrotrade Padarovce also received agricultural subsidies in 2002, remains in his post. Simon sold his company in 2004. Radošovský did not want to let go of Farm, however, and is still the owner.

"Society must create rules so that people such as me can enter politics ... and not face condemnation for behaving normally, correctly, and openly," said Radošovský. He will remain the KDH's specialist in agriculture.

KDH chairman Pavol Hrušovský would not say whether he thought Simon should follow Radošovský's example. Simon's spokeswoman Katarína Czajlíková said that the minister considered the agricultural subsidies case to be closed and would not comment on Radošovský's resignation.

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