Yesterday evening a few hundred people gathered outside Presidential Palace in Bratislava to voice their disgust at the actions of President Ivan Gasparovic and his consistent and defiant refusal to appoint Jozef Centes to the post of Attorney General.
The crowd demanded that the president stand down, but Gasparovic is apparently not only immune to public pressure and public opinion, but is so indifferent to it that he doesn’t even feel the need to provide substantiated explanations into the various accusations against him.
On the same day, four opposition parties (KDH, Most-Hid, SDKU and Most-Hid) lodged their petition against President Ivan Gasparovic to the Constitutional Court. This is the first time in Slovak history that MPs have tried to impeach the president, and the move comes after the standalone government of PM Robert Fico boycotted a special session to discuss the matter.
The blatant puppet-string behaviour of Gasparovic, who has always had a willing signature for all motions of Robert Fico’s two governments, therefore continues, as the president managed to keep the crucial Attorney General post vacant for a year and a half, meaning now the PM’s Smer-SD party can steamroll their candidate into the post.
That will be possible provided the Constitutional Court doesn’t issue a preliminary injunction, petitioned by Centes, which would keep the post vacant until the constitutional squabbling is resolved. Candidates for the post were supposed to be lodged by today, but parliamentary speaker Pavol Paska has extended the deadline until 29 January, pending the ruling of the Constitutional Court.
The opposition parties, who backed Centes’ nomination back in 2011, will not be nominating anyone to the post as they are fighting for the validity of Centes’ election. Meanwhile, former attorney general Dobroslav Trnka has openly said he would take up the post, but that so far nobody had approached him. Whether or not we believe that is one thing, but given his ‘reliable’ track record, it wouldn’t come as such a big surprise of he got the backing, again, of PM Robert Fico and the merry men of the Smer-SD party.