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SaS wants to propose Kalina for ÚPN; Kalina declines to run

The opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party wants to nominate Juraj Kalina for the post of head of the Nation's Memory Institute (ÚPN), the Sme daily wrote on Thursday, February 7. Kalina had been proposed as the ruling Smer party’s nominee for the post, but it terminated his nomination unexpectedly just before a parliamentary vote last week.

The opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party wants to nominate Juraj Kalina for the post of head of the Nation's Memory Institute (ÚPN), the Sme daily wrote on Thursday, February 7. Kalina had been proposed as the ruling Smer party’s nominee for the post, but it terminated his nomination unexpectedly just before a parliamentary vote last week.

Juraj Miškov, the head of the SaS parliamentary caucus, said, according to Sme, that SaS would attempt to gain the support of other opposition parties and that it believes he is a good candidate. Smer deputy caucus head Jana Laššáková said that the party has already picked another candidate for the ÚPN post, but she refused to provide a name.

However, the TASR newswire later wrote that Kalina had decided not to run for the post and had denied having agreed to any further nomination. “I thank the SaS caucus for the candidacy, but unfortunately, I cannot accept it because of private reasons,” he said, as quoted by TASR. The names of new candidates should be published on Friday, February 8.

Opposition parties comprising the so-called People’s Platform, i.e. the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), Most-Híd and the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), wanted to propose ÚPN supervisory board member Ladislav Bukovszký for the post, but he turned the candidacy down. SDKÚ vice-chair Ivan Štefanec told the SITA newswire that the platform would like to propose its own, good-quality, candidate, but has not ruled out supporting Smer’s nominee, if he or she fulfils all the necessary criteria.

Sources: Sme, TASR, SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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