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Opposition declines Fico's invitation to debate NKÚ head and general prosecutor posts

The People's Platform (comprising the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ)), Most-Híd, and the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH)) has declined Premier Robert Fico's invitation to hold talks on the situation surrounding new candidates to lead the Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) and the post of general prosecutor, the TASR newswire wrote.

The People's Platform (comprising the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ)), Most-Híd, and the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH)) has declined Premier Robert Fico's invitation to hold talks on the situation surrounding new candidates to lead the Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) and the post of general prosecutor, the TASR newswire wrote.

The parties said that there is nothing to talk about, as the opposition parties still consider the post-election pledge by Fico’s Smer party to allow them to nominate the head of the NKÚ head as valid, and are planning to announce their next joint candidate for the post in the foreseeable future. In addition, the opposition maintains that the vote for the post should be public (i.e. not a secret vote by MPs).

As for the situation surrounding the general prosecutor vote, the opposition says it is inappropriate to interfere in the ongoing judicial proceedings regarding President Ivan Gašparovič's refusal to appoint general-prosecutor-elect Jozef Čentéš to office. Čentéš was elected to the post by MPs in June 2011; the case is currently before the Constitutional Court.

The opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) which also received the invitation from Smer, declined it immediately, saying it didn't see the "tiniest piece of good will" on the premier's part to resolve the issues in question according to the law or any democratic traditions. SaS has put forward two candidates (one of them twice) for the NKÚ position.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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