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MPs fail to choose new ÚPN head at second attempt

Slovak MPs have failed to select a new head for the Nation’s Memory Institute (ÚPN) at their second attempt to do so. On Tuesday, November 27, and on Wednesday, November 28, none of the candidates got an absolute majority of the deputies present.

Slovak MPs have failed to select a new head for the Nation’s Memory Institute (ÚPN) at their second attempt to do so. On Tuesday, November 27, and on Wednesday, November 28, none of the candidates got an absolute majority of the deputies present.

The Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and Most-Híd proposed a joint candidate, former KDH MP František Mikloško, who received 63 votes on Wednesday (compared to 52 on Tuesday); the candidate of Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) Michal Dzurjanin got just one vote (compared to 12 on Tuesday). In total, 144 MPs cast votes. As neither Mikloško nor Dzrujanin succeeded in either ballot, there will be a new election for which it will be possible to nominate new candidates, the TASR newswire wrote.

Only opposition parties proposed candidates for the position in this week’s votes. The ruling Smer party did not nominate anyone, but according to its caucus’ head, Jana Laššáková, the party is interested in filing a proposal and is looking for an appropriate candidate.

The term of the current head of the ÚPN, Ivan Petranský, expires in January 2013. Petranský told TASR that if he was offered the candidacy he would certainly consider it. He added that he had not communicated with any politicians about it and that they, rather than him, should be asked about his potential nomination. According to TASR, Smer has considered prolonging Petranský’s term, nominating incumbent head of the ÚPN Supervisory Board Juraj Hamuľák, or finding a third candidate to lead the ÚPN.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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