Bratislava, May 23 (TASR) – It’s unacceptable for the media to cover just any statement, even those obviously untrustworthy at first glance, Prime Minister Robert Fico (Smer-SD) said in an interview for TASR on Monday.
Fico was referring to a statement made by Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) leader Richard Sulik, according to which Fico will allegedly retire from the premiership after the conclusion of Slovakia’s Council of EU Presidency on December 31, 2016.
Fico called such information to be easy-to-fabricate nonsense. “I could, too, say that, according to a source from within SaS – which I don’t want to name – they have too much coke on their hands,” said the Prime Minister. “Will media now make a dash after Mr. Sulik and inquire whether all that coke is really there or not?”
The Prime Minister called upon Opposition politicians to adopt a more serious approach when making public statements. “What kind of nonsense is this, referring to unnamed sources that, of course, don’t even exist?”
Fico underlined that any rumours about his premature retirement are “myths and nonsense”. He pointed out that if he were to retire, his departure would cause the collapse of the entire Government, with the resultant need to form a successor cabinet that would have to vie for the confidence of Parliament. “The incumbent Government has been legitimately voted into office. Why would I take a position to put it in jeopardy?” he asked, adding that the notion is all the more illogical seeing as Slovakia is a successful country and perceived as such even abroad. “There’s no rational reason for me on December 12, 2016, when our Council of EU ends, to say: screw it, I’m leaving and sabotage the entire Government.”
The Prime Minister declared that he feels good in the wake of his cardio surgery and, with each passing day, is able to handle a greater workload. He wants to start fully working as of June 1, the day the meeting between the Slovak Government and European Commission on Slovakia’s Council of the EU Presidency is scheduled in Brussels.