Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer) has not introduced any strong measures to bring about fundamental political or systemic changes, said the representatives of the For a Decent Slovakia initiative.
They are currently considering further steps. One of the possibilities is to continue with the protest gatherings the initiative said after meeting Pellegrini on May 10.
If politicians want, they can carry out changes in a few hours as was proven when the new government was formed in two days, said one of the initiative’s representatives, Juraj Šeliga, as reported by the SITA newswire.
He called on politicians to deal with the important topics, such as corruption in state administration, proper investigation and the setting of courts and the prosecutor’s office to a similar tempo.
Strong measures missing
“After meeting the prime minister today, I can say we have different opinions on what’s happening in Slovakia at the moment,” Šeliga said, as quoted by SITA. “While the prime minister says the situation is calm, we think that the strong measures necessary for progress are still missing.”
Among the topics that need to be dealt with are the investigation of the double murder of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová and the situation at the Agriculture Ministry, which has recently been criticised by General Prosecutor Jaromír Čižnár.
“This proves that processes in Slovakia are not functioning correctly and we’re still closely watching for the steps and measures that need to be taken by politicians and which are still missing,” Šeliga added, as quoted by SITA.
Pellegrini said in a statement that he was listening to the opinions of young people on the current political situation and the problems Slovakia is facing. He told them about his vision of Slovakia as a country friendly towards its citizens and the steps he intends to take aimed at improving the lives of people in Slovakia, as reported by SITA.
The initiative wants to continue involving citizens in public affairs. An ideal opportunity for this is presented by the upcoming municipal elections, in which people can show what direction they want the country to go.
Although they did not specify their next steps, the representatives of For a Decent Slovakia stressed they do not want to form a political party. They will coordinate their activities with the organisers of gatherings held across Slovakia, SITA reported.
10. May 2018 at 22:34 (modified at 11. May 2018 at 7:01) | Compiled by Spectator staff