UPDATED: 30. NOV 2018, AT 11:35

Lajčák’s resignation raises concerns about Slovakia’s future political orientation

Many politicians were surprised by the announcement that Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák will step down. However, some ask why he did not leave earlier.

Miroslav LajčákMiroslav Lajčák (Source: SITA)
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Slovakia is losing an experienced diplomat is among the most frequent reactions to the November 29 decision of Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák to resign from his post after a resolution concerning the UN’s Global Compact for Migration was adopted by parliament earlier that day.

While the announcement came as a surprise to those who regret losing an experienced and pro-European-oriented diplomat, some are asking why he did not step down following other scandals related to this cabinet.

Lajčák handed in his resignation on November 30. He did not want to comment on his decision until meeting with President Andrej Kiska and Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer), the Sme daily reported.

Neither Kiska nor Pellegrini commented on the resignation before Lajčák officially submitted it.

Smer hopes the PM will not accept the resignation

Unlike their party chair, several MPs for the Smer party, which nominated Lajčák to the post, have expressed their surprise.

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