SNS Wants Its Ministers to Continue in New Government, Pellegrini Agrees

Designated Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini and SNS chair Andrej Danko (Photo by TASR)

Bratislava, March 19 (TASR) – The Slovak National Party (SNS) isn’t changing its nominees, as it wants them to continue their ministerial positions in the emerging government, SNS chair Andrej Danko told designated Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer-SD), adding that the SNS caucus is united on this matter.

Pellegrini accepts SNS’s decision and expects that there won’t be any objections by the other coalition parties against the continuation of SNS ministers.
After a meeting with Pellegrini at the SNS party headquarters, Danko said he was proud of all the SNS ministers – Gabriela Matecna (Agriculture Ministry), Martina Lubyova (Education Ministry) and Peter Gajdos (Defence Ministry). He assured Pellegrini at the meeting that the prime minister-to-be has SNS’s support in forming the new government. “If the Government Manifesto of the existing Cabinet, which we agreed on after the parliamentary elections, is maintained, SNS won’t have any problem fulfilling its programme,” he said.
“I know all three ministers, I confirm that I personally, as well as the Smer-SD party and I expect also the Most-Hid party, don’t have any reservations against SNS’s personnel proposal,” said Pellegrini, adding that today is not the time for the new Government to deal with itself and to take over the obligatory 100 days [of orientation] after its creation. “From the very first day of the government’s inception, the ministers will be working in full swing,” he stated. If the president appoints the new government, Pellegrini will ask Danko to convene a parliamentary session where it’ll apply for the Parliament’s confidence.
Commenting on the reported idea that Kiska would take from him the authorisation to form the Government, Pellegrini said he would “perceive it at least to be strange”, since he brought to the head of state the signatures of 79 MPs who expressed support for the emerging government.