Prime Minister Iveta Radičová can still restore her lost credibility by sacking Finance Minister Ivan Mikloš, opposition Smer party leader Robert Fico said at a press conference on Tuesday, August 23. If she does not do so, Fico said, he will initiate the first non-confidence vote in her government of this parliament, the TASR newswire reported.
Fico said that Mikloš should be sacked for his long-time advocacy of the rental of premises for tax offices in Košice, a controversy which has put the government on the back foot for much of the year.
“I would do it,” Fico said, as quoted by TASR. “If the case got wound up to this degree and the finance minister refused to obey, he'd be immediately dismissed.”
The Tax Directorate announced on Friday, August 19, that it is set to sign a rental contract with Nitra Invest, which is owned by SDKÚ Nitra district head Ondrej Ščurka. According to Fico, Radičová should not continue to remain silent.
An earlier contract awarded to Nitra Invest by the Tax Directorate, was scrapped after Fico revealed in the spring that the company is owned by Ščurka. Radičová ordered Mikloš to end the deal, which he did only reluctantly. The then-head of the Tax Directorate was later forced to resign.
The current tender attracted only one bid, from Nitra Invest, which thus won the competition. According to Fico, Radičová has tolerated an overpriced bid submitted by Nitra Invest, and ignored appeals to cancel the tender issued by non-governmental organisations such as Fair-Play Alliance and Transparency International Slovensko.
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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For more information on this story see also: Tax Directorate okays Nitra Invest office rental bid.
24. Aug 2011 at 14:00