Opposition party Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) plans to submit another candidate for the post of Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) chair, but has declined to disclose his or her name for the time being, party vice-chairman Ľubomír Galko said on Monday, April 22. He added that SaS' latest bidder has been approved by the party's national council.
"We'll reveal the name to our opposition partners first," said Galko, as quoted by the TASR newswire. He noted that the post of NKÚ head belongs to the opposition and that these parties – in the recent past – agreed that SaS that will select the candidate. However, the Sme daily reported that the opposition parties associated in the People's Platform – the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and Most-Híd - are no longer willing to back any candidates brought forward by SaS. Galko said that he will first wait for the parties to comment on the daily's claims.
SaS has already nominated two candidates for the post, Kamil Krnáč and Vladimír Klimeš, but neither managed to be approved by a sufficient number of Smer and opposition MPs. Smer, which has an 83-seat majority in parliament, said it will only back candidates with unanimous support from the five opposition parties (the other being Ordinary People and Independent Personalities [OĽaNO]).
In addition, Prime Minister Robert Fico last week suggested three candidates to the post, which has been vacant for more than a year, including former Statistics Office head Peter Mach (KDH), former Public Procurement Office (ÚVO) chairman Béla Angyal (Most-Híd) and former Slovak Intelligence Service (SIS) director Karol Mitrik (SDKÚ). According to opposition agreements, the post belongs to SaS, but last week the number of SaS MPs was reduced from 11 to six after several of its members left the party, leaving SaS’ position in parliament, where a party caucus must have at least eight representatives, in question.
(Source: TASR, Sme)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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23. Apr 2013 at 10:00