Things are going better

TWO key votes for the ruling partners of Smer – the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) and Slovak National Party (SNS) – failed to pass yesterday.

The parliament, in which a majority of MPs belong to the ruling coalition, failed to elect a new chairman of the National Memory Institute (ÚPN) although it was expected that the SNS candidate, lawyer Adrián Kucek, would succeed.

In the votes on 15 candidates for the post of Constitutional Court, current Justice Minister Štefan Harabin, who was nominated by HZDS leader Vladimír Mečiar, also did not receive enough votes to be elected.

Both votes were held in the form of secret ballots and both will be repeated today.

In the new vote on the ÚPN director, Kucek will face the second most successful candidate from the first round, Ladislav Bukvszký, who is currently working as the head of the ÚPN archives.

In yesterday’s elections for Constitutional Court judges, eight of the planned 15 candidates were elected. The remaining seven should be elected today. Those elected include current Constitutional Court justices Ľudmila Gajdošíková and Lajos Mészáros, Supreme Court justices Peter Brňák and Sergej Kohut, current Constitutional Court advisors Alexander Fuchs and Ladislav Orosz, lawyer Marianna Mochnáčová and university teacher Peter Vojčík.

[10/20/2006 2:59:37 PM]


  1. Unapologetically intellectual ? This patronising , try writing something original , with some substance . Sorry , this is poor reading and standard copy from the TSS rag ,that you even link ...a two bitaiting for some cutting jobber could do better .

    Waiting for some actual, factual cutting edge stuff here . have you got what it takes I ask ?

  2. to Lancet:

    "Though I dislike what you say, I will defend to the death your right to say it"

    Though i have to say i'd rather you started your own blog to put your ideas because i'd like to hear your alternative view of things completely as a full set of ideas. You are clearly an opinionated person criticising piecemeal my views or comments and being against every single thing i say (which is mildly amusing as i am probably the most uncontroversial person i know).

    What would you like to see happen in Slovakia? a Meciar government? Harabin as the PM, or perhaps Slota purging the sizeable hungarian minority or hopping on his tank en-route to Budapest (one of the greatest ironies of nationalism is that whenever it becomes the ideology of government the results are usually bad for the nation they so dearly love)? Slovakia leave the EU?

    Its very difficult where you are coming from and what your ideology is.

    In other words we know what you don't like but very little about what you do like.

    also abot quoting extensively TSS I never said i am a journalist, i work for a living i simply don't have the time.

    One of the reasons i didn't write an original article is because you keep protesting at everything i write so i wanted to see if you would protest when i just quote, to see if you have something against me or Slovak spectator :)

  3. Best for Slovakia ? Bulldoze the entire place after Senec ( Sorry roger ) and try again .

    I dislike everyone, part of my charm, so don't feel alone.

    Perhaps you should consider having tea and scones with me ?

  4. life is infinitely more interesting when one likes and is liked, and loves and is loved.

    Its the ultimate answer to one's existential wonderings.

    hate is a sign of repression, look at what is going in the muslim world these days (and the equally hateful and religious white house)

  5. buldoze anything east of senec? are you Slota fan? concentration camps maybe? you can't be more than 15 years old Lancet! you are immature, grow up!

  6. I think it's fair enough to quote. The original web logs were precisely just short snippets of interesting stuff. Long, thoughtful pieces tend to get buried in the format.

    And it's worth saving Spectator news because of the pay wall, which means that this info will disappear from the public domain in a month or so.

    I don't know if Lancet really hates anyone. He just seems desperate to get some sort of reaction and found that negative comments get more of a reaction than positive ones.

    By the way, what happened to the Meciar biography?

  7. oops did i break you link? i did a small revision with a favourite pic :P

    its here

  8. My link is working fine, but I noticed that the post is now dated to last year so it's showing up at the very bottom of your archive not at the top. You must have changed it when you edited the post.