The ‘Hayek Group case’ is endangering the cohesion of Slovakia’s governing coalition, with the real possibility of a break-up, analyst Juraj Marušiak told the TASR newswire on September 21. The analyst thinks that the case will put Prime Minister Iveta Radičová's position to the test. “She is trying to dismiss persons [Martin Chren of SaS and Ivan Švejna of Most-Híd] who are quite crucial in these two parties,” said Marušiak.
If Radičová fails in recalling Economy Ministry State Secretary Chren and Transport Ministry State Secretary Švejna, she will “lose points, prestige, and authority,” according to Marušiak. He added that the two men should be dismissed, “because the course of the tenders [which are at the centre of the case] demonstrates that it wasn’t fair play”. Marušiak stressed, however, that the governing parties will most likely find some way out of the situation and prevent the coalition from breaking up – otherwise, there would be no alternative but for coalition parties to team up with opposition party Smer.
Analyst Michal Horský thinks that it would be a shock if the Coalition Council did not assent to the prime minister’s wishes, but instead backed the two state secretaries. He added that such a severe confrontation of party leaders with the premier barely three months after the election is more than a little surprising – and not a good signal for voters or for the stability of the country.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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22. Sep 2010 at 10:00