Vladimír Klimeš is set to run again as the opposition's candidate for the post of Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) head at parliament's session starting on March 14, the TASR newswire wrote on Monday, March 4.
Klimeš's was the only name thrown into the lot before the deadline at 16:00 on Monday. While he was brought forth by Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), the other opposition parties – except for Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) - have pledged to back him as well. Alongside Klimeš, fellow Opposition candidate Milan Galanda – also an SaS MP – will vie for support to become NKÚ vice-chairman.
When running for the NKÚ chairmanship in December, Klimeš received the support of only 59 MPs out of 136 MPs present - which means that a number of opposition MPs failed to cast their votes for him. After the vote, OĽaNO said they would not vote for any more party-affiliated candidates and would only back a candidate that would emerge from a public selection procedure organised by 'all' opposition parties, TASR wrote.
Much the same occurred in the case of SaS's first bidder, MP Kamil Krnáč, who failed to get elected after two attempts and subsequently withdrew his candidacy. The governing Smer party had conceded that the NKÚ belongs to the opposition, yet the candidate must allegedly have the undivided support from all opposition lawmakers before they will vote him.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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5. Mar 2013 at 10:00