Government could fall over Attorney General vote

Strong disagreement within coalition over nominations

The dust flying around the nomination of candidates to the post of Attorney General in the past week, with talk of a coalition split and partisan interests, has now settled, at least for the time being.

The 6 parties in parliament produced a total of three nominees for the post, including current Attorney General Doboroslav Trnka, who has been at the centre of disputes and criticism within the governing coalition.

Today the Parliamentary Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee is basically interviewing the three candidates.

The three junior coalition partners (SaS, KDH and Most-Híd) all agreed on the common nomination of Eva Misikova, who is currently a public prosecutor at the Attorney General’s Office.

MPs from the other coalition party, SDKU, put forward two candidates, namely Jan Hrivnak (public prosecutor at the Special Attorney’s Office) who was nominated by Jana Dubovcova, and the disputed nomination of Dobroslav Trnka by SDKU MP Stanislav Janis.

Trnka got a nomination also from MP Mojmir Mamojka from opposition party Smer-SD, and so he has every chance of succeeding in the final vote, which would then cause a rift in the coalition and could even lead to the downfall of the highly-vulnerable government.

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