A TV PROGRAMME IN ENGLISH COVERING THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENTS IN SLOVAKIA OVER THE PAST WEEK (VIDEO INCLUDED)

This week in Slovakia

Content of programme: Search for new General Prosecutor to continue; Fico and Sulík lock horns; Fugitive crime boss nabbed in Poland; Environment Ministry renewed; Fico rediscovers Dzurinda corruption tape

Content of programme:


Search for new General Prosecutor to continue;
Fico and Sulík lock horns;
Fugitive crime boss nabbed in Poland;
Environment Ministry renewed;
Fico rediscovers Dzurinda corruption tape

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The top event of the past seven days was the non-election of a new General Prosecutor in parliament . Political wrangling over who would get the job culminated in a threat from the prime minister to quit if the outgoing prosecutor, Dobroslav Trnka, was re-elected. He was not, and Iveta Radičová remains the country’s leader.

The political circus surrounding the election of the new general prosecutor also provided some amusing sideshows. In one exchange, former Prime Minister Robert Fico made fun of Parliamentary Speaker Richard Sulik’s handling of the legislature, while Mr Sulik shot back with a jibe at Mr Fico’s alleged extramarital activities.

The fugitive Karol Mello, for years one of Slovakia’s most wanted men, was finally captured in the southern Polish city of Krakow in late October.

As of November 1, Slovakia once again has an Environment Ministry . Activists are reserving judgement, however, on whether this incarnation will be an improvement on its farcical predecessor.

Another recording has surfaced in which a prominent Slovak politician appears to be discussing corruption. This time it’s the turn of former Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda of the ruling SDKÚ party. The tape was released over the weekend by Mr Dzurinda’s main political rival, opposition leader Robert Fico.

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