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Government: Muňko is rightful director of Sociálna Poisťovňa

Dušan Muňko is the rightful director of state-run social-insurer Sociálna poisťovňa (SP) following a ruling made by the Constitutional Court in June, according to which Muňko's ouster by Prime Minister Iveta Radičová's government was not justified, the government declared on Wednesday, August 1.

Dušan Muňko is the rightful director of state-run social-insurer Sociálna poisťovňa (SP) following a ruling made by the Constitutional Court in June, according to which Muňko's ouster by Prime Minister Iveta Radičová's government was not justified, the government declared on Wednesday, August 1.

"Iveta Radičová's government seriously violated the Constitution by dismissing Muňko from his post of SP director. He ... filed a constitutional complaint and succeeded. The Constitutional Court placed him back in the SP director's post," said Prime Minister Robert Fico after the government session, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

According to Fico, there are only three options. "The first is for Dušan Muňko to remain SP director. The second is that he may say that he doesn't want to carry out this role anymore and will give it up himself. And the third possibility is that the government will dismiss him from the post. But as I sit here I'm saying directly that I'll never do that," said Fico.

Ľuboš Lopatka decided to quit his post as the head of SP at the beginning of July. Lopatka submitted his resignation after learning that Labour Minister Ján Richter planned to reappoint some of the local SP branch heads whom he had sacked after taking over at the social insurer in 2010, after Muňko.

(Source: TASR)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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