The Deputy Prime Minister for Knowledge-based Society, European Affairs, Human Rights and Minorities, Dušan Čaplovič, dismissed media reports on June 14 that he had asked the ex-government Plenipotentiary for Roma Affairs to resign on the telephone, saying Anina Botošová had done so after mulling over the decision for some time, the TASR newswire reported.
"I learned about it (Botošová's resignation) from Labour Minister Viera Tomanová, who claimed that Botošová needed to return to the ministry [her former employer],” he said, speaking on the Slovak Television's (STV) politics show 'O päť minút dvanásť' (Five Minutes to Twelve), as quoted by TASR.
Botošová was urged to resign by the Union of Slovak Roma (ÚRS) which alleged that she had allocated two grants to herself in 2008. The former plenipotentiary said she was leaving her office because of disagreements with Čaplovič's ways of dealing with Roma issues as well as constant accusations against her. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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