Four ministers are missing on Smer’s slate

SEVERAL ministers of the current government who are not members of the ruling Smer party did not make it to the slate for the upcoming general election.

PM Robert FicoPM Robert Fico (Source: SME)

Smer did not list Health Minister Viliam Čislák, Education Minister Juraj Draxler, Justice Minister Tomáš Borec and Economy Minister Vazil Hudák. The slate, however, features Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák, who placed seventh. He is also one of the main figures of the pre-election campaign, the Sme daily reported.

“It would not be appropriate if all government’s members automatically ran in the elections," Prime Minister Robert Fico said, as quoted by Sme, adding that he praises the work they did on their posts and that he can imagine further cooperation with them.

The slate is led by Fico, followed by Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák, Speaker of Parliament Peter Pellegrini, Finance Minister Peter Kažimír, Culture Minister Marek Maďarič, and Environment Minister Peter Žiga.

On the first 10 places of the slate is also Košice Mayor Richard Raši, Labour Minister Ján Richter, Žilina Self-Governing Region’s Governor Juraj Blanár and Defence Minister Martin Glváč.

Some new faces will also appear at high positions on the slate, including Denisa Saková from the Interior Ministry, who is responsible for the ESO reform, and Erik Tomáš, current head of the Government’s Office press department, Sme wrote. The slate also features former economy minister Pavol Pavlis, who had to leave his post after nepotism allegations revealed by Sme, and current State Secretary of the Justice Ministry, Monika Jankovská.

Former speaker of parliament Pavol Paška and ex-deputy parliamentary speaker Renáta Zmajkovičová, who both resigned from their posts after the scandal of the overpriced CT device bought by the Piešťany hospital, will not run.

Fico expects that the caucus created after the March 2016 elections will be stable.

“It will secure political stability in parliament,” Fico said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “And if we are given trust and able to be part of the government, we will guarantee that the government will have support in parliament.”

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