The Health Ministry is refusing to comment on reports that Health Minister Ivan Valentovič (a Smer-SD nominee) is planning to resign from his post. “The Health Ministry won't comment on media speculation,” ministry spokesperson Silvia Horváthová said on May 27.
A report about Valentovič's alleged departure plans appeared in the financial daily Hospodárske Noviny on Tuesday, May 27. The paper stated that it had been told by an unnamed senior Smer representative that Valentovič would resign on June 10 for “personal reasons”. The Smer party presidium has reportedly made a clear decision on the matter. “We won't entertain any speculation,” the TASR newswire was told by Smer spokesperson Katarína Kližanová-Rýsová. Valentovič is currently on an official visit to Israel. According to the daily, the main candidate to replace him is the current director of Bratislava Faculty Hospital, Richard Raši. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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