Bratislava, February 13 (TASR) – The Smer-SD political party is ideologically empty and declining in support, so it’s bringing only conflicts to society, said representatives of the Opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party at a press conference on Tuesday in response to Prime Minister Robert Fico’s (Smer-SD) statement that the liberals are a risk to democracy.
The premier made his comments when speaking about the alleged abuse of Military Defence Intelligence (VOS) in SaS’s favour by former defence minister Lubomir Galko (SaS).
“It’s a disgusting effort to cover their own scandals. It’s easier to attack than to explain. It’s striking that such information is being provided by a person living in a flat owned by a tax fraudster, a person who has taken by power all major positions in this state. It’s disgusting,” said SaS vice-chair Jana Kissova.
SaS’s parliamentary caucus head Natalia Blahova claims that Smer-SD hasn’t got enough energy to bring any improvement to people’s lives. “Attacks on SaS are a good sign. Smer-SD sees that its time in power is nearing an end, that people no longer believe anything it says. Smer-SD is reporting declining support, SaS is posting increases. That’s the only reason why Robert Fico held a press conference, why he’s dusted down a four-year old case that was resolved long ago,” she said. Blahova emphasised that both investigators and prosecutors have already stated that Galko was innocent.
Galko reiterated that the investigation showed that he personally didn’t give a single instruction or order to employ wiretapping and that VOS members acted autonomously. “My name has been cleared, this case ended for me in 2015. But I will answer any questions in Parliament on Wednesday (February 14),” he added.
On a proposal of Peter Suca (Smer-SD), most of the House voted on Tuesday that they would deal with Galko’s alleged abuse of VOS on Wednesday afternoon (February 14). The proposal came after Parliament discussed the modernisation of the Slovak army at an extraordinary session.