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Speaker of parliament contests Tichý's motion

Speaker of Parliament Richard Sulík has turned to the Constitutional Court on Tuesday, June 7, asking it to reject the filing of the first deputy general prosecutor and current acting general prosecutor, Ladislav Tichý, regarding a public voting procedure to select the next general prosecutor. Sulík claims that Tichý is not entitled to submit the motion.

Speaker of Parliament Richard Sulík has turned to the Constitutional Court on Tuesday, June 7, asking it to reject the filing of the first deputy general prosecutor and current acting general prosecutor, Ladislav Tichý, regarding a public voting procedure to select the next general prosecutor. Sulík claims that Tichý is not entitled to submit the motion.

According to parliament's lawyers, even thought Slovakia has not had a general prosecutor since Dobroslav Trnka's term ended in February, only the general prosecutor is entitled to approach the Constitutional Court. "Currently, Slovakia has no general prosecutor. The first deputy does not have the competencies according to the constitution that the general prosecutor has as a constitutional official," Sulík said on Tuesday, June 7, in parliament, as quoted by the SITA newswire.

He pointed out that the Constitutional Court ruled on that issue in 2006, when Slovakia had no parliamentary speaker. Sulík explained that only an official assigned powers directly by the constitution is entitled to them, so in this case the first deputy is not entitled to approach the Constitutional Court. Sulík refused to speculate how the court would decide, adding that he would definitely accept the Constitutional Court's decision.

Tichý contested the public process chosen by MPs to select of the next general prosecutor in his motion to the court at the end of May. On Monday, Sulík announced that he would call a session of parliament for June 17 when the new general prosecutor should be chosen.

To read more about the history of general prosecutor elections, see Radičová stays as Trnka fails again.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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