The council of prosecutors recommended Bratislava regional prosecutor Jaroír Čižnár as a candidate for the general prosecutor to the parliamentary constitutional committee, Smer MP Robert Madej informed the TASR newswire on Monday, January 14. According to Madej, all the present members of the council agreed on Čižnár. Madej could not confirm, however, whether Smer would accept him, adding that he would speak to Čižnár on Tuesday and find out whether he would be willing to run as a candidate.
"We don't have any other alternatives at the moment," said Madej. Vladimír Faič from Smer expects that the recommendation made by the council of prosecutors will serve as a "good suggestion". The final decision on the candidate should be made during the negotiations held by Smer this week. "I personally think that the caucus will agree on one candidate only," said Faič as quoted by TASR.
Prime Minister Robert Fico said that Smer will only OK a candidate who enjoys the support of prosecutors. Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška has set the deadline for submitting candidacies for January 18.
President Ivan Gašparovič formally announced, in early January, that he would not appoint parliament’s chosen candidate, Jozef Čentéš, to the job. Čentéš who was duly elected in a June 2011 vote, immediately challenged the president’s decision at the Constitutional Court, arguing that he had failed to list any legitimate reasons for his refusal to appoint him.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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15. Jan 2013 at 10:00