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Maďarič admits changes in government by mid-term

The government met on April 2 at its regular session, led by the Prime Minister Robert Fico, who over the weekend lost the presidential election.

The government met on April 2 at its regular session, led by the Prime Minister Robert Fico, who over the weekend lost the presidential election.

Government members were reluctant to comment on the potential changes, save for the Culture Minister Marek Maďarič, who headed of Fico’s election-campaign team. “I admit such a change, but unrelated to the results of presidential election,” he said as quoted by the SITA newswire. “My opinion is that presidential election gives no reason for changes in the cabinet, but the very mid term of the government can evokes such changes.”

Transport Minister Ján Počiatek considers the rumours on the government’s reconstruction senseless panicking. “I don’t think that the result would be such as for the government not to confirm its mandate,” he said for SITA.

Before the cabinet’s session, Fico appeared for the first time after the lost presidential race, the Sme daily wrote, speculating further that the possible reshuffles could hit Education Minister Dušan Čaplovič and Economy Minister Tomáš Malatinský. Fico avoided questions of journalists, meeting them only before the cabinet session and joking with them. Fico promised to make a statement on the election some time next week.

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