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Sulík: It's the president's duty to appoint Čentéš as prosecutor general

IT IS the constitutional duty of President Ivan Gašparovič to appoint Jozef Čentéš as prosecutor general, said Speaker of Parliament Richard Sulík following Čentéš's election in a secret ballot in Parliament on June 17.

IT IS the constitutional duty of President Ivan Gašparovič to appoint Jozef Čentéš as prosecutor general, said Speaker of Parliament Richard Sulík following Čentéš's election in a secret ballot in Parliament on June 17.

"He was elected in line with all the valid rules," said Sulík as quoted by the TASR newswire. "It's the president's duty to appoint him implied by the Constitution. If he decides to violate the Constitution, then you need to ask him why."

He said that Gašparovič's objection - that he wants to wait for the Constitutional Court ruling - isn't justified.

"The only thing that the Constitutional Court objected to was the institution of an open vote, but we voted in a secret ballot," argued Sulík, adding that he understands that the opposition does not like the fact that Čentéš has been elected. "They're in dire straits. They know very well how much this is going to cost them ... and how many cases have been swept under the carpet."

According to the official results of the secret election in Parliament on June 17, Čentéš was elected as the new prosecutor-general, receiving 79 votes from the 80 lawmakers present.

The opposition did not take part in the vote. In order to take up the post, Čentéš has to be officially appointed by Gašparovič. He has indicated, however, that he will not do so before the Constitutional Court takes up a final stance on whether prosecutor general elections can be public - as allowed by the new Rules of Procedure approved in Parliament last month - or must be secret as in the past, TASR reported.

Čentéš was the only candidate in the election after opposition candidate Dobroslav Trnka earlier in the day withdrew his bid due to what he described as chaotic and unconstitutional situation.

Gašparovič earlier on June 17 described the situation around the election of the prosecutor general with all those involved responsible.

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