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MP and former judge Dubovcová becomes national ombudsman

MP for the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) Jana Dubovcová is to replace Slovakia’s current national ombudsman Pavol Kandráč. She was backed by 76 out of 140 MPs present in a parliamentary vote for the job held on Tuesday, December 13. Kandráč’s mandate will expire on March 27, 2012, the TASR newswire reported.

MP for the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) Jana Dubovcová is to replace Slovakia’s current national ombudsman Pavol Kandráč. She was backed by 76 out of 140 MPs present in a parliamentary vote for the job held on Tuesday, December 13. Kandráč’s mandate will expire on March 27, 2012, the TASR newswire reported.

“I believe that this office was expected to yield more benefits,” said Dubovcová, as quoted by TASR, after the vote, adding that she would try to draw the office closer to the public.

Dubovcová was nominated to the post by three of the governing parties – the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) and Most-Híd – which pointed to her years-long experience as a judge and lecturer in law.

“Awards from Transparency International and the World Bank alike have been bestowed on her [Dubovcová] for her activities in improving the judiciary,” stated representatives of the parties, as quoted by TASR.

The fourth ruling party, the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), initially hesitated over its support for Dubovcová but later decided to support her. By contrast the opposition parties Smer and the Slovak National Party (SNS) criticised the vote, saying that the post should not be filled by a member of a political party.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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