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Constitutional Court gets GP case

MEMBERS of parliament from parties of the centre-right government are asking Slovakia’s Constitutional Court to rule on whether the refusal of President Ivan Gašparovič to appoint Jozef Čentéš to the post of general prosecutor is in accordance with the constitution, the TASR newswire reported.

MEMBERS of parliament from parties of the centre-right government are asking Slovakia’s Constitutional Court to rule on whether the refusal of President Ivan Gašparovič to appoint Jozef Čentéš to the post of general prosecutor is in accordance with the constitution, the TASR newswire reported.

“We ask that the Constitutional Court state that the president is obliged to act on parliament’s decision without delay,” said Radoslav Procházka, an MP from the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), as quoted by TASR.

Procházka added that the court should rule that the president does not have the right to decide whether to appoint the general prosecutor elected by parliament based on his own personal sympathies and that the president is obliged under the law to appoint Čentéš.

The MPs, from the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), the KDH, Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) and Most-Híd, stated that Slovakia needs a general prosecutor like Čentéš who “will not let major scandals be swept under the carpet”, TASR wrote.

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