None of the three candidates for the post of general prosecutor – Dobroslav Trnka, Eva Mišíková or Ján Hrivnák – received enough votes to be selected in a secret ballot in parliament on Wednesday, November 3, according to the official results of the vote.
The leading candidate in the first round was Trnka (with 70 votes for, 60 against, and 17 MPs abstaining), ahead of Mišíková (49 votes for, 84 against, and 14 MPs abstaining) and Hrivnák (28 votes for, 98 against, and 21 MPs abstaining). A total of 148 MPs took part in the ballot, with one vote judged invalid, the TASR newswire wrote.
The vote means that Hrivnák is eliminated and a run-off between Trnka and Mišíková will take place today (Thursday, 4 November). The successful candidate in the run-off must win the support of a simple majority of MPs present for the vote.
The official results from Tuesday’s vote suggested that MPs voted along party lines. The opposition has 71 seats in parliament, and its favourite, Trnka, gained 70 votes. Three of the four coalition parties – SaS, KDH and Most-Hid, which together have 51 seats –supported Mišíková, and she gained 49 votes. Hrivnák was expected to get 28 votes from the SDKÚ, which is exactly what he got.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.
4. Nov 2010 at 10:00