The government recalled Transport, Posts and Telecommunications Ministry State Secretary (i.e. deputy minister) Ivan Švejna (Most-Híd) from his post at an extraordinary session on Tuesday, October 12. Švejna is now set to resume his seat as an MP, the TASR newswire learnt.
Švejna's government position had been in question for several weeks due to his role in the so-called 'Hayek' affair, in which a company of which he and another deputy minister were directors was awarded contracts by the present and previous governments.
The recall proposal was submitted by Švejna's ministry boss Ján Figeľ (KDH) after Švejna announced his resignation on Friday. The cabinet was originally supposed to discuss Švejna's recall at its regular session on Wednesday, but the situation changed in the light of a parliamentary session starting at 13:00 on Tuesday.
"We wanted to avoid a situation in which a [parliamentary] substitute would have to be employed with a salary of €2,000 for one day, so we summoned a government session with a single item on the agenda, that is to recall Mr. Švejna at his own request and enable him to be in parliament today [Tuesday]," said Prime Minister Iveta Radičová.
She also expressed her understanding for Švejna's move. The premier admitted that a replacement for Švejna hasn't yet been discussed by the coalition parties. After Most-Híd comes up with a new nominee, Coalition Council talks will ensue and, as long as agreement is reached, the government will then discuss the proposal.
According to Švejna, he made the decision of his own accord, in order to protect both his party and his former colleagues from the F.A. Hayek Foundation.
For more information on this story, please see: Supreme Audit Office will look into 'Hayek' deals.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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13. Oct 2010 at 10:00