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Judge Kliment withdraws candidacy for head of NBÚ

Supreme Court justice Juraj Kliment, who was proposed as candidate for the post of the head of Slovakia’s National Security Bureau (NBÚ), announced on June 6 that he has withdrawn his candidacy. "I take it back," he told the TASR newswire, adding that he decided to do so based on the reports that he does not enjoy the full support of the coalition parties.

Supreme Court justice Juraj Kliment, who was proposed as candidate for the post of the head of Slovakia’s National Security Bureau (NBÚ), announced on June 6 that he has withdrawn his candidacy.

"I take it back," he told the TASR newswire, adding that he decided to do so based on the reports that he does not enjoy the full support of the coalition parties.

"I would also have had a moral problem, because I insist on my legal opinion in the Cervanová case," said Kliment. (To read more about that case, please go to OKS faction in Slovak parliament may block new candidate to head the NBÚ ).

Kliment's action means that Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party – which had proposed him – must find another candidate, the fourth to be put forth by SaS. The first nominee, Ján Stano, was rejected by three other coalition parties because he had worked with the Slovak Intelligence Service during the era in which Ivan Lexa headed the SIS in the 1990s. The second candidate was Judge Peter Paluda, who was vetoed by the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ).

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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