Milan Belica, president of the Nitra Self-Governing Region, wants to dismiss his deputy Vladislav Borík, a former member of the ruling Smer party who has been accused of wrongdoing related to public procurement processes, the Sme daily reported.
“The president is prepared to accept the proposal of [regional] MPs to dismiss the deputy president, on which the parliament of the Nitra Self-Governing Region will decide,” said Belica’s spokesperson Stanislav Katrinec, as quoted by Sme.
The decision came after the media reported that although Borík had left Smer, saying that he did not want to harm its reputation during the police investigation into alleged corruption, he also insisted that he did not want to give up his post in Nitra Region.
It is probable that there will be enough votes for Borík’s dismissal, since representatives of Smer, plus the opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) in the regional parliament have all said they want Borík to leave, Sme wrote.
If Borík resigns or is sacked from his current post as the region’s deputy president he will become a regular member of the regional parliament, Sme wrote.
Borík, together with six other people, is suspected of manipulating a public tender and picking certain companies, Police Corps President Tibor Gašpar announced on May 24. While the police claim that he expressed a willingness to cooperate and confirmed giving advantages to certain companies, Borík told the media that he had only given evidence and that he would not comment any further due to the ongoing investigation.
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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