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Harabin has a rival in run for Supreme Court head

The incumbent head of the Supreme Court (and the Judicial Council), Štefan Harabin, will have a rival as he runs for re-election.

The incumbent head of the Supreme Court (and the Judicial Council), Štefan Harabin, will have a rival as he runs for re-election.

Supreme Court Justice Zuzana Ďurišová confirmed she considered running as a rival of Harabin, the Sme daily wrote in its April 17 issue. She is expected to announce her decision officially in the upcoming days. Ďurišová is a critic of Harabin. She could by nominated by the For Open Justice / Za Otvorenú Justíciu (ZOJ) association, according to Sme.

Harabin was nominated as a candidate by the Supreme Court on April 15, but other institutions and individual officials can propose their candidate, too, until April 28. Another potential rival could be Rudolf Čirč, a Judicial Council member, who failed in the election for Supreme Court justices (but he has not confirmed his candidacy yet). Justice Minister Tomáš Borec, too, can propose candidates for the post but so far he has not done so.

In May, the Judicial Council will elect one potential Supreme Court president who will, in the beginning June, be appointed for the post by the president. The election has been sped-up by Harabin in order for the incumbent President Ivan Gašparovič to appoint the winner, as the recently elected Andrej Kiska, who will take this office in mid June, clearly said he would not appoint Harabin as the Supreme Court president.

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