Government proxy for minorities László Nagy (a member of opposition party Most-Híd) resigned on Wednesday, June 5.
"I stated [in the letter] that my decision came after a thorough consideration of an initiative from the Most-Híd leadership in which they requested that I resign from my post of proxy over parliament's vote on an amendment to the act on the use of the languages of ethnic minorities," Nagy told the TASR newswire.
Most-Híd chairman Béla Bugár said earlier in the day that the governing Smer party had brushed aside Nagy's work by declining to vote for legislation he had proposed, seeking to introduce dual-language signs at railway stations in ethnically-mixed areas.
Fico said earlier in the day that should Nagy leave his post, the cabinet would immediately find an appropriate replacement to carry on the office's work. "If they don't want to do it, then somebody else will. There are other people who speak the languages of ethnic minorities and know their stuff in that particular domain. This doesn't necessarily mean that it has to be a member of the ethnic-Hungarian minority, there are Ruthenians and Czechs for that matter, too. A person from any ethnic minority can be chosen," he said. Calling the government's stance towards ethnic minorities "generous" and "modern", Fico went on to state that, since taking up power in April 2012, the government has neither approved nor abolished any law relating to minorities and is thus preserving the status quo.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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6. Jun 2013 at 10:00