Slovakia’s president says she is suspending the appointment of a brand new Cupboard following final month’s parliamentary election as a result of she can not settle for the nomination of an individual who would not consider in the specter of local weather change as surroundings minister
ByThe Related Press
October 19, 2023, 10:15 AM
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Slovakia’s president introduced Thursday that she is suspending the appointment of a brand new Cupboard following final month’s parliamentary election as a result of she can not settle for the nomination of an individual who would not consider in the specter of local weather change as environment minister.
Liberal President Zuzana Caputova mentioned Rudolf Huliak, who was nominated by the ultranationalist and pro-Russian Slovak Nationwide Get together, couldn’t guarantee the right functioning of the ministry as a result of he opposes the federal government’s long-term environmental insurance policies and Slovakia’s worldwide obligations.
“A candidate who has not acknowledged the scientific consensus on local weather change and asserts no actual local weather disaster exists can’t be in cost and signify a ministry whose fundamental position is the safety of nature, panorama and the Earth’s local weather system,” Caputova mentioned in an announcement.
She additionally talked about Huliak’s advocacy of violence in opposition to environmentalists as a cause to not swear him in. Huliak, the mayor of the city of Ocova in central Slovakia, has additionally attacked LGBT+ individuals, the European Union and expressed pro-Russian views.
The Slovak Nationwide Get together mentioned Thursday it was not prepared to just accept the president’s request that it nominate another person.
Huliak is probably the most controversial of the Cupboard candidates offered to the president by former populist Prime Minister Robert Fico, whose leftist Smer, or Course, celebration received probably the most seats within the Sept. 30 parliamentary election.
Fico’s celebration received 42 seats within the 150-seat Parliament after campaigning on a pro-Russian and anti-American platform. He has vowed to withdraw Slovakia’s army assist for Ukraine.
He wanted coalition companions to type a parliamentary majority and signed a cope with the leftist Hlas, or Voice, celebration and the Slovak Nationwide Get together to manipulate collectively.
The deal offers Smer the put up of the prime minister and 6 different Cupboard ministers, opening the way in which for Fico to function Slovakia’s head of presidency for the fourth time.
Hlas will get seven Cupboard ministers, whereas the Slovak Nationwide Get together could have three.
Caputova has been president since profitable a 2019 election.