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Former Slovak agriculture minister says he has not interest in a return

Former agriculture minister and former MEP Peter Baco, from the HZDS party is still involved in politics but is not interested in a government post, Baco told TASR on August 12 in reaction to emerging speculations that he may replace incumbent Agriculture Minister Stanislav Becík.

Former agriculture minister and former MEP Peter Baco, from the HZDS party is still involved in politics but is not interested in a government post, Baco told TASR on August 12 in reaction to emerging speculations that he may replace incumbent Agriculture Minister Stanislav Becík.

“I'm not considering at all that I'd ever take up an executive post again," TASR quoted Baco, 64, as saying. He added that he views the rumours about Becík's replacement as a misunderstanding.

"It was probably connected to the issue concerning Lesy SR (the state-owned forestry company), when Prime minister (Robert Fico) quite strictly obliged the minister (Becík) to replace the management of Lesy SR and it sounded like that if he didn't do that, he would go himself. So I think that since then rumours spread that it is possible to replace him," continued Baco, adding that he doesn't know about anybody in HZDS who would be considering this kind of change.

"I haven't heard that it would be discussed as a real alternative or an interest," he said. As for his future in politics, Baco said he didn't know what would follow but he is interested in participating in decision-making processes concerning the agricultural sphere. Baco was agricultural minister from 1992 to 1998. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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