Bratislava, March 5 (TASR) – An effort to destabilise the country is underway in Slovakia, said Prime Minister Robert Fico (Smer-SD) at a press conference on Monday, intimating that President Andrej Kiska is contributing to this process with his statements.
“And I stand behind this opinion,” claimed Fico, suggesting that American billionaire George Soros could be the guiding influence behind the statement delivered by Kiska on Sunday in which the president called for either an early election or an extensive Government reconstruction.
Because of this, Fico called on Kiska to explain to the public the purpose of his visit to New York on September 20, 2017, when “a meeting took place that Kiska attended with no representative of the Slovak Foreign Affairs Ministry”.
“I’m demanding an answer as to what this meeting with a certain individual of dubious reputation was all about,” said Fico.
Kiska didn’t keep his meeting with Soros secret. He announced it on Facebook in 2017 along with the explanation that they were discussing the Roma issue.
Fico voiced his disappointment with the president’s televised speech on Sunday, claiming that ideologically the head of state has joined the ranks of the Opposition, which “wants to stage a coup in Slovakia”. “I would have expected him to defuse the situation, instead,” he said.
The prime minister sent the president the message that it isn’t within his purview to dictate to Government representatives how they are supposed to tackle the political situation following the murders of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee. “We’ll deal with this on our own; we don’t need Mr. Kiska for that,” said Fico, adding that the president “is apparently ignorant of what is written in the Slovak Constitution”.
“We’ll be addressing the political consequences in a short time, and I’m sending a message to the coalition partners that we in Smer-SD are ready for such a discussion,” declared Fico. He reiterated that the police are exerting maximum efforts to investigate the murders and that the investigative team is busy with the case round the clock. “If the attack on the journalist was related to his work, it was an attack against democracy.”