Slovak president to appoint new PM on Thursday

Slovak President Gasparovic will appoint incoming centre-right PM Radicova on Thursday, his office said.

Slovak president to appoint new PM on Thursday

 

Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic will appoint incoming centre-right Prime Minister Iveta Radicova on Thursday, his office said.

Gasparovic's office said he would also appoint a new cabinet -- comprising Radicova's Christian Democratic Union, the liberal Freedom and Solidarity, the Christian Democrats and the ethnic-Hungarian Most-Hid -- on either Thursday or Friday.

Radicova, Slovakia's first woman prime minister, will take up her post when outgoing premier Robert Fico resigns on Thursday after the first meeting of the new parliament.

Radicova's SDKU party, pledging to cut the budget deficit and fight corruption, came second behind Fico's leftist SMER in last month's election, but together with its allies won 79 of parliament's 150 seats.

Her proposed cabinet has pledged to balance the budget in the mid-term. But it has bridled at an EU plan, agreed by Fico's administration, to guarantee 4.5 billion euros ($6.0 billion) as Slovakia's share of a 440 billion euro safety net for euro zone members who get into financing difficulties.

Separately on Wednesday, incoming finance minister Ivan Miklos said that, if appointed by Friday as expected, he was ready to start negotiating with EU peers in Brussels on Monday about the new government's resistance to the bailout plan.
 

Reuters

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