The governing-coalition party the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) has not yet dealt with the issue of finding a replacement for Deputy Speaker of Parliament Viliam Veteška (HZDS), who died on Tuesday, April 21, party chairman Vladimír Mečiar said on April 22.
Veteška died of cancer in Banská Bystrica's Roosevelt Hospital at the age of 55.
“No discussion regarding the nomination of a new parliamentary vice-chairman has taken place as yet. It would be tactless on our part to deal with this issue immediately after his death. I assume that during the week, perhaps towards the end of this session of parliament, we’ll propose a nominee,” said Mečiar. Speaking to the TASR newswire, the HZDS chairman denied that a shortlist of candidates has been drawn up.
Mečiar said that he only holds good memories of Veteška. “We got along very well. Our relations and co-operation were very good, even at times when it appeared that a battle at the party congress would take place, but within a week an agreement was reached. I appreciate his work in the HZDS party and parliament," he added. Veteška, who began co-operating with HZDS as an influential businessman and became a party vice-chairman, began to criticise Mečiar following the general election in 2006, and was set to stand against him in a leadership contest in 2007 before his health problems suddenly surfaced. HZDS was considering removing him from the post of deputy speaker of parliament, but decided to refrain from doing so in the light of his illness. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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23. Apr 2009 at 10:00