He announced his resignation at the extraordinary press conference held by Bratislava Interior Minister Robert Kalinas, Deputy Prime Minister on Monday in Bratislava. The outgoing Kalinas – whose resignation was welcomed by the Most-Bridge party – Robert Fico called it one of the most talented ministers of the past governments.
Robert Kalinas’s decision was to justify his departure by helping to stabilize the situation in the country.
“After leaving, the investigative bodies will have a greater peace of mind for their work,” said Kalinák, who, as the most important current goal, marked Ján Kuciak’s recent murder of journalist and co-conspirator.
The departure of the Minister of the Interior is the consequence of a domestic crisis resulting from a double murder in Slovakia. After the tragedy became public, opposition parties and the Slovak press began to demand the departure of the Interior Minister and Tibor Gaspar, the national police chief. Later, with the intensification of the domestic political crisis, the smallest party of the 3 rd coalition government, the Bridge Bridge, joined their demands. Last week, the opposition continued to increase its demands, prompting the departure of Prime Minister Robert Fico and his entire government, as well as the launching of early parliamentary elections.
Since the election, Robert Fico, the opposition leader of Andrej Kiska, has suggested that the announcement of the latter has been the subject of a televised announcement, saying that a widespread transformation of the government or early elections is the solution to the tense situation in the country.
As a result of the Slovak internal political crisis, the second Minister of the Fico Government left Robert Kalinák in his post. The first Marek Madaric was the head of the cultural ministry who had been dismissed for two weeks and reasoned that he was not able to commit murder to a journalist.
Last week’s tense situation after the double murders was further intensified by the fact that Andrej Kiska began talks on “the future of the country” with some of the opposition parties in Bratislava which announced on the same day: they submitted a censure motion against the government. Prime Minister Robert Fico called the President’s actions as a denial of democratic parliamentary elections, and “repeated events after journalist murders” repeatedly called for a state-wide attempt to destabilize the state, whose “script was not written in Slovakia”. In such a situation, with the declared intention of shifting the government, several major demonstrations were held in several cities in Slovakia last Friday, the largest in Bratislava, where tens of thousands of people attended the street in a well-organized demonstration.
The resignation of Robert Kalinak was welcomed by the two strongest speakers of the Slovak internal political crisis, the strongest opposition party in Bratislava’s legislature, the Liberal Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) and the Group of Simple People and Independent Entities (OLaNO), but unanimously stated that it was not they consider it sufficient and they still want the entire government to leave.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Robert Fico responded in a press release. In this, the head of government wrote: “With the departure of Kalinas, he promoted the chances” to remain in democracy and to continue positive politics for the benefit of the people “. The prime minister said that Kalinak was considered “one of the most talented ministers of all his governments” and that his departure does not in any way mean that he or the police failed to investigate double murder, which remains a priority.
The smallest party of the three-state coalition, the Most-Bridge, which earlier requested Kaliná’s retirement, reacted to the minister’s departure through his spokesman: they were happy that their coalition partner “heard their voices.” The Mixed Party’s broad decision-making body, the National Council (OT), began its meeting on Monday afternoon, and it is expected that it will be decided that the party will remain part of the coalition. In this respect, the party’s Slovak section – some of its vigorously Atlantic-linked liberal representatives – has already indicated that the departure will be sought. Party chairman Bela Bugár told the press – allegedly referring to them – that some may leave them, even if the party remains part of the coalition, but even if they decide to exit.
Fico’s other coalition partner, the Slovak National Party (SNS), indicated: if the ruling coalition loses majority in parliament, then “start talking” about early elections.