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Election date for Supreme Court and Judicial Council chair set for May 19

The election of the new chair of Supreme Court and Judicial Council will be held on May 19, the incumbent Supreme Court and Judicial Council chairman Štefan Harabin announced on April 2. The information was published on Judicial Council’s website. Meanwhile, as recently as March 31 Harabin refused to specify when he would announce the election date. The website further informed that Judicial Council’s members should propose their candidates for the new chair by April 28. Harabin’s term ends on June 23. The date is critical because the incumbent President Ivan Gašparovič will still be the president in May, the TASR newswire wrote. The incoming president Andrej Kiska, who will be in office in mid-June, is on the record as saying he will do everything possible to ensure that Harabin is not reinstalled.

The election of the new chair of Supreme Court and Judicial Council will be held on May 19, the incumbent Supreme Court and Judicial Council chairman Štefan Harabin announced on April 2.

The information was published on Judicial Council’s website. Meanwhile, as recently as March 31 Harabin refused to specify when he would announce the election date. The website further informed that Judicial Council’s members should propose their candidates for the new chair by April 28. Harabin’s term ends on June 23.

The date is critical because the incumbent President Ivan Gašparovič will still be the president in May, the TASR newswire wrote. The incoming president Andrej Kiska, who will be in office in mid-June, is on the record as saying he will do everything possible to ensure that Harabin is not reinstalled.

Harabin did not say as the Judicial Council session on March 31 whether he plans to re-run for the post. Currently, the Supreme Court chairman automatically becomes chairman of the Judicial Council. However, an amendment to this law has been filed in parliament which is meant to divide the two positions, the SITA newswire wrote.

(Source: TASR, SITA)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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