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PM heads Defence Ministry

PRIME Minister Iveta Radičová of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) will head the Defence Ministry until a new government is formed after the March 10 general election. Radičová will consult with President Ivan Gašparovič on important issues at the ministry during this interim period.

PRIME Minister Iveta Radičová of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) will head the Defence Ministry until a new government is formed after the March 10 general election. Radičová will consult with President Ivan Gašparovič on important issues at the ministry during this interim period.

“I've requested the prime minister to make certain personnel decisions at the Military Defence Intelligence (VOS),” said Gašparovič, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

Radičová has already dismissed VOS director Pavol Brychta and released him from his duty to maintain secrecy so that he can contribute towards the investigation into the eavesdropping on journalists, the Sme daily wrote in its November 29 issue.

The Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party had been insisting that it had the right to nominate someone to the defence ministry post as Ľubomír Galko, dismissed as minister on November 24, had been nominated by SaS in 2010.

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