Speaking to TASR newswire, head of the Smer-SD party and former prime minister Robert Fico proposed an unorthodox solution to how the key post of Attorney General should be filled, saying the power to select and appoint someone could be given to the President alone. Quite a good idea given the long amicable relationship Fico has had with current President Ivan Gasparovic.
Fico is playing the presidential card also in relation to the appointment of Jozef Centes, who was nominated by the governing coalition and duly appointed in parliament for the post in June last year, but President Ivan Gasparovic has been abusing a loophole in the Constitution, which does not stipulate by when he must decide on the issue.
Now Fico is saying he will wait on the President’s decision and then parliament can either respect it or propose a new candidate, while not forgetting to point out how the President has been acting in line with the Constitution and how nobody could force him to make the decision. Fico also made it clear that he didn’t want the President to appoint Centes as “he is a purely political nominee of the outgoing government” , a curious comment since the post has always been filled according to the parliamentary majority, i.e. by who holds power.
So even though Jozef Centes was appointed in a valid blind ballot in parliament, petitions to the Constitutional Court to cancel its force were rejected, and the President subjected to criticism from various corners for stalling, the key post remains vacant still, because the secret of Slovak politics is apparently to find the loopholes and utilise them to the full.