Three of the four coalition parties – Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and Most-Híd – agreed on a joint candidate for the position of general prosecutor on Wednesday, October 20. Their candidate is Eva Miššíková, a prosecutor at the General Prosecutor's Office. However, the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), the largest coalition party, refused to join its partners in backing her.
KDH parliamentary caucus chairman Pavol Hrušovský, when asked whether the coalition still commands a majority of votes in parliament, replied 'not on this issue', but said he believes that it still has a majority on others. He added he did not know of any specific objections that the SDKÚ has against Miššíková. "I've done everything the Coalition Council tasked me with. Unfortunately, there's no agreement on the joint coalition candidate and, in all likelihood, there won't be one. Because of this, we're contemplating nominating a joint candidate for at least three parliamentary caucuses," Hrušovský told the TASR newswire after the talks among coalition party chairmen on Wednesday.
SDKÚ MP Stanislav Janiš earlier nominated the incumbent general prosecutor, Dobroslav Trnka, for reselection and Prime Minister Iveta Radičová said after the government session held on Wednesday that this was Janiš’ individual decision, to which he was legally entitled. Radičová added that she would not comment on individual proposals until Thursday, October 21, as nominations were still being received until midnight Wednesday. "We'll have to wait and see," she said, adding that an official SDKÚ nomination would be filed later on Wednesday. In the end, the SDKÚ did not nominate a candidate.
The prime minister pointed out that agreement on a joint candidate is up to political parties, their chairmen and parliamentary caucuses. Radičová, while a member of the SDKÚ, is not the party’s chairman; that position is held by Foreign Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda. After Janiš nominated Trnka, whose term will expire on January 31 next year, Most-Híd chairman Béla Bugár suggested that if Trnka’s nomination was successful it would mean the beginning of the end for the governing coalition.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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21. Oct 2010 at 10:00