Following her government's failure to win a confidence vote in parliament on October 11, Prime Minister Iveta Radičová will meet President Ivan Gašparovič at 10:30 on Friday, October 14, the TASR newswire reported, citing the Government Office. Gašparovič cancelled a working visit to the Philippines following the fall of the government and arrived in Bratislava on Thursday evening.
After the meeting, Radičová will announce whether she will continue to lead the government as caretaker prime minister of a minority government, the SITA newswire reported. Gašparovič is also expected to recall ministers of the current government who were nominated by Freedom and Solidarity (SaS). SaS helped bring down Radičová’s government on October 11 by refusing to vote for enlargement of the EFSF eurozone bailout mechanism in a confidence vote.
It is expected that the other coalition parties will take on the responsibility of the current SaS ministers, if they are stripped of their positions. The Defence Ministry, now led by Ľubomír Galko, would be headed by Foreign Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda (Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ)); Culture Minister Daniel Krajcer would be replaced by Deputy Prime Minister for Minorities Rudolf Chmel (Most-Híd). The Labour Ministry would be led by Health Minister Ivan Uhliarik (Christian Democratic Movement (KDH)) instead of Jozef Mihál. And the Economy Ministry would be led by Finance Minister Ivan Mikloš (SDKÚ), instead of Juraj Miškov – although the KDH has also expressed an interest in administering it. SaS-nominated state secretaries – i.e. deputy ministers – are also expected to be recalled and replaced by nominees of the three remaining coalition parties. The caretaker government should rule until a general election set for March, SITA wrote.
Sources: TASR, SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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14. Oct 2011 at 10:00