About 100 people gathered in front of the headquarters of the Slovak National Party (SNS) in Bratislava on the evening of Saturday, November 7 for a protest aimed at drawing attention to corruption scandals involving the current government, the TASR newswire reported. The head of the Civic Conservative Party (OKS), Ondrej Dostál, said the decision to hold the rally was prompted by the fact that the governing coalition did not vote in favour of the dismissal of Construction and Regional Development Minister Igor Štefanov in parliament on October 29.
Dostál added that the protest also seeks to bring attention to the fact that Stefanov's level of responsibility is comparable to that of former construction minister Marian Janušek, who, unlike Štefanov, was dismissed over the tender.
“Both of them are from SNS, but ultimate responsibility rests on the shoulders of the Prime Minister and Smer party chairman Robert Fico,” he stated.
The OKS chairman noted that the government has also been plagued by other scandals such as the so-called fly-ash tender, the sale of carbon-dioxide emission quotas and the electronic road-toll system.
Fico's spokesperson Silvia Glendová said that the Government Office won't comment on the rally. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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9. Nov 2009 at 14:00