Government Appoints New Attorney General in Controversial Vote
Parliament, or rather the majority Smer-SD party, held the controversial vote at 5.30pm today on appointing a new Attorney General, despite the pending case at the Constitutional Court over President Ivan Gasparovic’s refusal to appoint duly elected Jozef Centes to the post for the past two years.
The new Attorney General, provided the President likes the choice, something that is almost guaranteed this time round, will be Jaromir Ciznar, the candidate of Prime Minister Robert Fico’s standalone government.
Yesterday Ciznar made it clear that he would stand down if he has broken the law by accepting the post, but that he would not stand down if the Constitutional Court finds the President violated the law by not appointing Centes, who was the opposition’s candidate at the time.
The latest move, which was met with complete disgust, is the final step to ensure that the crucial post is filled by someone who is more suitable for the President and for the government, after two years of court disputes and an impeachment petition on the President, whose only grounds for not appointing Centes were that he did not find him morally suitable.
The liberal Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS) has called on the president not to appoint Ciznar as the vote was anti-constitution and in conflict to good morals. The whole two-year saga is rife with crony practices and brings into question once again the whole system of democracy in the country, when a duly elected official is held out from a post until someone more suitable can be positioned there.