Prime Minister Robert Fico and Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška met Richard Sulík, the chairman of opposition party Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), and SaS MP Juraj Miškov on Thursday, September 13, to discuss an upcoming vote to nominate the head of the Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ). The talks took place after SaS sought a meeting with the prime minister, the TASR newswire reported.
"The stance of the prime minister on the issue remains unchanged," the prime minister's spokesperson, Beatrice Hudaková, said, as quoted by TASR. "This post belongs to the opposition. However, the first round of voting demonstrated that Kamil Krnáč is not a joint opposition candidate for the post." In an earlier vote Krnáč did not receive sufficient votes to be elected. As votes were cast in secret, the identity of the MPs who supported him could not be confirmed, but it was clear that not all opposition MPs had backed him, and that Fico's ruling Smer party had reneged on a promise to support him as the opposition's joint candidate.
Sulík refused to disclose what was discussed at the September 13 meeting. "We'll inform the public about the results tomorrow afternoon [September 14]," he told reporters, refusing to elaborate. The SaS leader stressed that his party has also discussed support for Krnáč with the chairmen of the other opposition parties and their caucuses. "We were promised that Krnáč would receive the votes from the opposition benches. He continues to be the sole and joint opposition candidate," said Sulík, who added that he believed the public decision of Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) MP Alojz Hlina not to lend his support to Krnáč's candidacy was merely a publicity stunt.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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