PRIME Minister Robert Fico should immediately dismiss the Minister of Construction and Regional Development Igor Štefanov (a nominee of the Slovak National Party – SNS) who the opposition believes shares the responsibility for the scandal involving the so-called bulletin-board tender. If the PM does not act before May 14, Mikuláš Dzurinda, the leader of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) says the opposition will deliver a request to call an extraordinary parliamentary session to hold a no-confidence vote on Štefanov, the SITA newswire reported after a meeting of opposition leaders on May 12.
Štefanov replaced his predecessor Milan Janusek (SNS) who was dismissed after the Public Procurement Office stated that law was broken in the bulletin-board tender. The opposition attempted to express no-confidence in Štefanov immediately after he took office, claiming he was also responsible for the tender.
“We are convinced that a minister such as Mr. Štefanov does not belong in the government and I presume that the prime minister can realise that quickly and on time,” SITA quoted Pavol Hrušovský, the chairman of the opposition Christian Democrats (KDH). SITA
Compiled by Michaela Stanková from press reports
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12. May 2009 at 14:00