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Chief-of-General-Staff Vojtek asks to step down

Chief-of-General-Staff of the Slovak Armed Forces Peter Vojtek has requested to be released from his post, Defence Minister Martin Glváč announced on April 22. Vojtek approached him with the request about a month ago, Glváč told the TASR newswire. Glváč said that he will present the issue to the Slovak Security Council. He will also propose former Ground Forces Supreme Commander Milan Maxim, currently Defense Attaché in the Czech Republic, as Vojtek’s successor. Glváč thanked Vojtek for his work, adding that he’s counting on using him as an advisor in the future. “My health problems have led me to the decision,” said Vojtek. “I won’t cut my ties with the uniform, however. There were times when [the military] was my first family.” Glváč said that he expects President Ivan Gašparovič to react to Vojtek’s request soon. “Due to the current situation in Ukraine and other tasks of the Armed Forces, I expect that the president will respond as soon as possible - be it a positive or negative response,” said Glváč, as quoted by TASR.

Chief-of-General-Staff of the Slovak Armed Forces Peter Vojtek has requested to be released from his post, Defence Minister Martin Glváč announced on April 22.

Vojtek approached him with the request about a month ago, Glváč told the TASR newswire. Glváč said that he will present the issue to the Slovak Security Council. He will also propose former Ground Forces Supreme Commander Milan Maxim, currently Defense Attaché in the Czech Republic, as Vojtek’s successor. Glváč thanked Vojtek for his work, adding that he’s counting on using him as an advisor in the future.

“My health problems have led me to the decision,” said Vojtek. “I won’t cut my ties with the uniform, however. There were times when [the military] was my first family.”

Glváč said that he expects President Ivan Gašparovič to react to Vojtek’s request soon. “Due to the current situation in Ukraine and other tasks of the Armed Forces, I expect that the president will respond as soon as possible - be it a positive or negative response,” said Glváč, as quoted by TASR.

Vojtek asked to be released from office about a month ago, the SITA newswire wrote. Vojtek praised cooperation with Glváč. "After consulting with my family, I decided to ask for a release,” he said.

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