The quality of democracy in Slovakia in the second quarter of 2012 remained the same as in the first quarter after the government of Iveta Radičová was replaced by that of Robert Fico after the March 10 election, according to the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) which released its regular assessment called the IVO Barometer, the SITA newswire reported.
Slovak democracy had an overall grade of 2.8 on a scale of five where 1 is the best and 5 the worst based on evaluation of five areas: democratic institutions and the rule of law, legislation, protection and respecting human and minority rights, independent media and public-service media, and beginning this year also on civic society and the third sector.
“This government started applying its power in a way complying with legal provision,” IVO’s Grigorij Mesežnikov stated, as quoted by the SITA newswire. He added that in the areas of protection and respect for human and minority rights and in independence of the media there are several negative trends and these resulted in a grade of 3 in these areas.
The experts from IVO gave a grade of 2.5 for democratic institutions and the rule of law as well as legislation. Mesežnikov mentioned, as reported by the TASR newswire, that the elected general prosecutor, Jozef Čentéš, has still not been appointed by the Slovak president and deemed this a problem. “This is an unprecedented phenomenon in Slovakia,” Mesežnikov stated.
IVO’s Martin Bútora pointed to several positive steps taken by the new government, TASR reported.
Source: SITA, TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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