Slovakia’s president, Andrej Kiska, on Tuesday refused to approve a new government proposed by new Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini, criticizing the choice of interior minister.
In a brief statement, Kiska said he wanted an interior minister who could guarantee an independent investigation into the killings of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová.
“The last thing we need here is a discussion about who was riding a motorcycle with whom or who was at birthday parties,” Kiska said, referring to the proposed interior minister, Josef Ráž, the son of a popular rock singer and owner of a hip club in the capital Bratislava.
Kiska was seemingly also referring to Ráž’s friendship with the man he was named to replace, Robert Kaliňák, who resigned on February 12. According to media reports, the two men frequently rode motorcycles together and Ráž has been a guest at Kaliňák’s birthday parties.
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