Parliament on Tuesday, May 17, released the official results of a secret vote by MPs to select the next general prosecutor. Former general prosecutor Dobroslav Trnka, the only candidate, was not chosen. The official results were: 70 MPs in favour of Trnka, 17 against, 29 abstentions and 34 spoiled ballots. As all 150 MPs took part in the election, Trnka needed a simple majority of 76 votes to be selected.
Coalition lawmakers responded with applause to the official results. Opposition leader Robert Fico (Smer) ahead of the vote suggested that the coalition had employed a control mechanism to check how individual MPs voted in order to ensure that Trnka, who had Smer’s support, was not elected. Trnka was the only candidate in the election after coalition candidate Jozef Čentéš withdrew his bid last week, the TASR newswire wrote. It still isn't clear if he will run in a future public vote; Tuesday's vote was the last for the general prosecutor to be held in secret.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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18. May 2011 at 10:00