The Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) is backing Ján Hrivnák as its candidate for the post of general prosecutor, Prime Minister Iveta Radičová (SDKÚ) said on Tuesday, November 2, after talks within the SDKÚ parliamentary caucus.
She said Hrivnák would bring change to the Office of the General Prosecutor. Radičová added that the choice was so important that she would consider whether to remain in the post of prime minister if the election did not yield the desired change. "I consider the decision about the general prosecutor to be one of principle and a guarantee of political culture, change and a stronger belief in justice and the judiciary in Slovakia. Because of this, I regard this change as essential. It's such a fundamental issue of vital importance to me that I will reconsider remaining in my post [if there is no change]," the prime minister said, as reported by the TASR newswire.
She added that even SDKÚ MP Stanislav Janiš, who had earlier proposed the re-election of the incumbent general prosecutor, Dobroslav Trnka, would also vote for Hrivnák.
SDKÚ chairman Mikuláš Dzurinda said that he was proud of his parliamentary caucus after it agreed to back Hrivnák, who was originally proposed by SDKÚ MP and former judge Jana Dubovcová. When asked whether the SDKÚ would make a concession and in the end vote for the joint candidate of the other three coalition parties (Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and Most-Híd) Eva Mišíková, Dzurinda said that it would be necessary to wait for the results of political agreements.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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3. Nov 2010 at 10:00