Kiska’s use of special plane to be checked

MPs addressed the Interior Ministry with a request following the criticism of Speaker of Parliament Andrej Danko.

President Andrej KiskaPresident Andrej Kiska (Source: SME)

Speaker of Parliament Andrej Danko has criticised President Andrej Kiska not only for his reluctance to appoint missing Constitutional Court judges, but also for using the government’s special plane to fly to his hometown Poprad every weekend.

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MPs subsequently turned to Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák, asking him to inform the parliament about using the aircraft by senior state officials.

Danko first claimed that people suffer from Kiska’s decision not to appoint the missing judges, adding that as a result the Constitutional Court cannot deal with many topics. While in 2013 one proceeding at the court lasted nearly seven months, last year it was nearly a year, he added, as reported by the Pravda daily.

The president responded he wants to wait for the court to decide on the complaints of the refused candidates, Pravda wrote.

Danko continued in his criticism with pointing to Kiska’s recent visit to Poland where he tapped the foundation stone of a building constructed by a Slovak company in which Kiska’s daughter works, the speaker of parliament claimed.

He also questioned the president’s use of the special plane to fly home and the distribution of his salary to poorer families.

Smer MP Martin Nemky later submitted a proposal to make Kaliňák explain the plane’s use. It was endorsed by 128 legislators, the TASR newswire reported.

“According to reports on the Aktualne.sk website and in the Pravda daily, the president is using state aircraft for trips that aren’t always working trips,” Nemky said, as quoted by TASR.

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He thus requested that this should be reviewed and that a report on the use of the aircraft by the president and other top officials should then be presented to parliament.

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