A proposal to set a 60-day deadline for appointing constitutional authorities such as the general prosecutor, judges and the Supreme Court chairman to vacant posts failed to pass in parliament on Tuesday, Fberuary 5.
The amendment, submitted by Igor Matovič and Miroslav Kadúc, both from Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO), would have ensured that the president would have to appoint elected candidates within the given period, or they will automatically take up the posts without the official presidential appointment.
OĽaNo MPs claim they wanted to prevent the president from using excuses to explain why he would not appoint a certain candidate, the TASR newswire wrote. They pointed to the case of general-prosecutor elect Jozef Čentéš, who was elected by parliament back on June 17, 2011. However, President Ivan Gašparovič announced early last month that, in the end, he would not appoint Čentéš.
Čentéš subsequently turned again to the Constitutional Court, which in no uncertain terms said in October 2012 that Gašparovič either has to appoint him, or provide a legitimate reason for refusing to do so. With the case still unresolved, there continues to be a roadblock in appointing a new general prosecutor.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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6. Feb 2013 at 14:00