People's Platform to propose Maroš Žilinka as NKÚ head if vote is open

Maroš Žilinka, who served as Interior Ministry state secretary in the previous electoral term (2010-12), will become the candidate of the People's Platform (including the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and Most-Híd) to head the Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ), the TASR newswire reported, citing Most-Híd caucus leader László Solymos on Tuesday, May 14. The platform will only propose Žilinka as a candidate if the election of the NKÚ head in parliament is open (i.e. recorded) instead of a secret ballot, Solymos added.

Maroš Žilinka, who served as Interior Ministry state secretary in the previous electoral term (2010-12), will become the candidate of the People's Platform (including the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and Most-Híd) to head the Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ), the TASR newswire reported, citing Most-Híd caucus leader László Solymos on Tuesday, May 14. The platform will only propose Žilinka as a candidate if the election of the NKÚ head in parliament is open (i.e. recorded) instead of a secret ballot, Solymos added.

Whether or not the candidate is finally elected to the post depends on Smer, as the opposition alone does not have enough votes to secure his selection. The vote should take place on May 28.

Prime Minister Robert Fico has publicly promised the post to the opposition, which had previously agreed that Freedom and Solidarity (SaS)) should offer up the nominee. Two of SaS’ previous candidates – Kamil Krnáč and Vladimír Klimeš – supported by the People's Platform failed to be elected in parliament, however. Following the departure of five MPs from SaS, the People's Platform announced it no longer counted on SaS and decided to come up with its own nominee. The NKÚ is currently chaired by Ján Jasovský (a HZDS nominee), whose official term of office expired last year.

Source: TASR

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