ELECTION 2012: SaS’ Sulík says he is willing to give up his mandate

The chairman of Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party, Richard Sulík, told a press conference on February 27 that he will not leave the party's slate over recently released video recordings of conversations he had with businessman Marián Kočner but Sulík did promise to give up his parliamentary mandate if he does not receive the most preferential votes on the SaS slate in the March 10 election, the TASR newswire reported. "I want to give our voters the opportunity to say whether they believe that I should represent them in parliament despite my meetings and SMS communications with Marián Kočner. If I don't get the most preferential votes on the SaS slate, I'll return my mandate to the party," Sulík stated, as quoted by TASR. Sulík again expressed regret for meeting with Kočner, stressed that Kočner is not a friend, and said that he is no longer meeting the businessman. The recordings indicate that Sulík was apparently willing to replace Prime Minister Iveta Radičová with her party colleague, Finance Minister Ivan Mikloš, before the government fell in October 2011. Sulík also reportedly told Kočner that several coalition MPs were offered €300,000 each if they would vote for then-General Prosecutor Dobroslav Trnka in his bid for re-election. Though one of those MPs was apparently from SaS, Sulík did not report the matter to the police, TASR wrote.

The chairman of Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party, Richard Sulík, told a press conference on February 27 that he will not leave the party's slate over recently released video recordings of conversations he had with businessman Marián Kočner but Sulík did promise to give up his parliamentary mandate if he does not receive the most preferential votes on the SaS slate in the March 10 election, the TASR newswire reported.

"I want to give our voters the opportunity to say whether they believe that I should represent them in parliament despite my meetings and SMS communications with Marián Kočner. If I don't get the most preferential votes on the SaS slate, I'll return my mandate to the party," Sulík stated, as quoted by TASR. Sulík again expressed regret for meeting with Kočner, stressed that Kočner is not a friend, and said that he is no longer meeting the businessman.

The recordings indicate that Sulík was apparently willing to replace Prime Minister Iveta Radičová with her party colleague, Finance Minister Ivan Mikloš, before the government fell in October 2011. Sulík also reportedly told Kočner that several coalition MPs were offered €300,000 each if they would vote for then-General Prosecutor Dobroslav Trnka in his bid for re-election. Though one of those MPs was apparently from SaS, Sulík did not report the matter to the police, TASR wrote.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Dancers perform in the streets of Trenčín, spotlighting the architecture of the city.

Slovakia will open a new institute, this time in Jerusalem

Culture, sports and travel stories rounded up in one place.


23. júl
The Office of the Public Defender of Rights flies the rainbow flag to mark the Bratislava Pride in 2021.

The pandemic has made it clear that we must stand together

International friends and partners of Slovakia celebrate Bratislava Pride.


8 h

Bratislava Pride will take place online

It will be streamed on July 24 and accompanied by numerous music performances.


22. júl

News digest: Crowd blocks entrance to parliament ahead of vaccine-related vote

The youngest member of the Slovak Olympic team kicks off the games with a personal record. Extensive reconstruction of Bratislava's Michael's Tower launched.


23. júl