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GAŠPAROVIČ MAKES ANNOUNCEMENT AFTER HIS MEETING WITH THE OUTGOING PM

Radičová unlikely to head caretaker cabinet

“MORE LIKELY no than yes,” President Ivan Gašparovič stated regarding the possibility he might appoint Iveta Radičová to lead the caretaker cabinet that will rule the country in the period between her cabinet’s recall and the early election scheduled for March 10, 2012.

“MORE LIKELY no than yes,” President Ivan Gašparovič stated regarding the possibility he might appoint Iveta Radičová to lead the caretaker cabinet that will rule the country in the period between her cabinet’s recall and the early election scheduled for March 10, 2012.

Gašparovič met with Radičová on the morning of October 13, after returning from his trip to Indonesia. Iveta Radičová was expected to meet journalists after her meeting with the President but she left the presidential palace without stopping to answer their questions.

“I have explained to the prime minister my opinion and possible steps for the future,” Gašparovič said regarding today’s meeting with Radičová.

If the outgoing prime minister had abdicated alone, the president would probably have appointed her as care-taker prime minister, he explained to journalists. Under current circumstances, however, as the whole government will be dismissed rather than just the prime minister, Gašparovič will decide what to do in the interim period after his meeting with the chairpersons of all parliamentary parties, which he expects to take place on Monday, October 17.

Gašparovič confirmed that he has already met with Smer leader Robert Fico, adding that he was requested to meet with representatives of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) this afternoon.

There are several possible ways to proceed before the early election takes place, according to Gašparovič. He will either assign one of the parliamentary parties’ leaders the responsibility for forming a new government, preferably a government with a majority in the parliament, or otherwise a minority government. If no such option is possible, Gašparovič might appoint a cabinet of experts.

Several issues remain unresolved after the current government leaves its posts, including the appointment of the General Prosecutor-elect Jozef Čentéš to the head of the General Prosecutor’s Office. The appointment is in the hands of the President.

“Čentéš is a tertiary issue for me at the moment,” Gašparovič said, regarding this appointment.

No significant further developments are expected on the Slovakian political scene before Monday, October 17, when Gašparovič will recall Radičová’s cabinet.

The parliament has also reacted to changes on the political scene. Richard Sulík, head of Freedom and Solidarity, was dismissed from his post of parliamentary speaker. He was replaced by Pavol Hrušovský of KDH, who until now served as a deputy parliamentary speaker, and who already served close to an entire term in the highest parliamentary chair between 2002 and 2006.

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