Zitnanska: Unacceptable for Prime Minister to Float Conspiracy Theories

Justice Minister Lucia Zitnanska (stock photo by TASR)

Bratislava, March 5 (TASR) – It is absolutely unacceptable for the prime minister of a democratic country to float conspiracy theories, said Justice Minister Lucia Zitnanska (Most-Hid) on Monday.

Zitnanska spoke in response to Fico’s earlier statement in which he intimated that American billionaire George Soros could be the guiding influence behind President Andrej Kiska’s televised speech on Sunday in which the head of state called for either an early election or an extensive Cabinet reconstruction in the wake of the murders of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee.

“The prime minister chose to appeal to the lowest urges [of people] who are attacked by conspiracy theories. I consider this to be a completely inappropriate and unacceptable speech by a prime minister in a democratic country. For me personally, this is absolutely unacceptable,” stated Zitnanska.

This sentiment was echoed also by Most-Hid’s press release. “To the Most-Hid party, the words that were voiced at the press conference held by Prime Minister Robert Fico are incomprehensible and unacceptable. Instead of seeking solutions to the developing political situation, the prime minister is seeking a foreign guilty party to blame. The prime minister has chosen a dangerous path from which there might be no return. Therefore, we call on Prime Minister Fico not to make future talks on reconstructing the Cabinet impossible with his words,” reads the text.

Representatives of the other junior coalition Slovak National Party (SNS) Anton Hrnko and Jaroslav Paska declined to comment on Fico’s words. They said that they haven’t seen the press conference and so aren’t aware of its content.

Fico called on Kiska to explain to the public the purpose of his visit to New York on September 20, 2017, when “a meeting [with Soros] took place that Kiska attended with no representative of the Slovak Foreign Affairs Ministry”. Fico added 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.

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.