Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič appointed Jaromír Čižnár as attorney general on July 17, finally filling a post that has been vacant since February 2011.
The country was thrown into turmoil after Gašparovič refused to appoint Jozef Čentéš, despite him being elected by parliament in June 2011, claiming his election had been “politicised”.
Opposition parties said the decision marked a “black day” for the country, while SME judged the appointment a success for Prime Minister Robert Fico’s socialist Smer party, adding –
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Yesterday’s ceremony was a symbolic demonstration of Smer’s takeover of the judiciary and the whole state. […] The justice minister, the president of the Supreme Court and now the attorney general: all these people are in office because PM Robert Fico wanted it.
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