Slovakia is still missing its top judge

Judicial Council failed to elect a new Supreme Court president again

Alena Šišková (l) and Ján Šikuta (r)Alena Šišková (l) and Ján Šikuta (r) (Source: TASR)

The Supreme Court will have to continue operating without a president. The Judicial Council failed to elect a new head the second time.

The previous president, Daniela Švecová, left the post in early October.

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Two candidates applied for the November 25 election, but neither of them managed to receive the necessary number of votes, the SITA newswire reported.

Judge Ján Šikuta received eight votes in total, lacking only two for election. The second candidate Alena Šišková gained only two votes from the Judicial Council.

The election will repeat on January 27, 2020. Until then, the Supreme Court will be led by its incumbent vice president Jarmila Urbancová.

First vote in September

The first election took place in September when Ivetta Macejková, Soňa Mesiarkinová, Jana Bajánková and Štefan Harabin applied for the top Supreme Court post. Harabin, however, withdrew his candidacy.

The vote was not successful, as none of the candidates won enough votes. These four unsuccessful candidates could not apply for the second vote, but they will be able to run again in the January election.

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