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Judge Viera Petríková to become new justice minister

Chairperson of Vranov nad Topľou District Court (Prešov Region) and vice-chair of the Judicial Council Viera Petríková will take up the post of justice minister, Prime Minister Robert Fico and fellow coalition party leader Vladimír Mečiar announced on June 30.

Chairperson of Vranov nad Topľou District Court (Prešov Region) and vice-chair of the Judicial Council Viera Petríková will take up the post of justice minister, Prime Minister Robert Fico and fellow coalition party leader Vladimír Mečiar announced on June 30.

“She meets all requirements for this important post, as it includes not only the post of justice minister but also the position of government vice-chair,” said Fico, following his discussion with Mečiar.

Several candidates for the post were tabled, “some of them were excellent individuals, but their acceptance wasn’t that good,” said Meciar, adding that he had settled on one candidate by the time he had his get-together with the premier. The post of justice minister became vacant after Štefan Harabin was elected Supreme Court chairman on Monday, June 22, and was recalled from his ministry job the following day.

In line with the coalition agreement, the post of justice minister is in the gift of Mečiar’s Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) party.

Viera Petríková has agreed to draft a new bill on the obligation to declare the origins of one’s property after a similar measure was ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court, the TASR newswire later reported. Mečiar confirmed his party’s interest in crafting a new law that will be in compliance with the constitution.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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