Bratislava, March 5 (CTK) – Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico criticised President Andrej Kiska over his meeting financier George Soros last year in connection with Kiska having said on Monday that early election should be held or the government reconstructed over general loss of confidence in society.
Kiska said so in connection with the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee.
Fico repeated that Kiska was siding with the opposition.
“The events that have occurred since the murder have a certain hand-writing. I would like to ask Kiska a simple question: September 20, 2017, New York, 5th Avenue. I ask why the head of state paid a private visit to a man with a very dubious name. The man is called Soros,” Fico said, adding that neither any representative of the Slovak foreign ministry or the Slovak ambassador were at the meeting.
“What has happened since the murder of Kuciak and his girlfriend indicates that there is an attempt at a total destabilisation in this country,” Fico said.
Fico declined to answer questions from journalists.
Instead of trying to install calm, Kiska is creating destabilisation by his statements, he said.
The opposition and Most-Hid, a minor coalition government party, criticised Fico for what he said today.
“In a democratic country, this is an absolutely inadmissible and unacceptable speech by a prime minister. For me, this is absolutely unacceptable,” Most-Hid deputy chairwoman and Justice Minister Lucie Zitnanska said.
Opposition leaders said Fico’s statement bordered on the loss of common sense and that Fico was resorting to the lowest instincts to keep power.
On Sunday, Fico said Kiska’s proposals with which to deal with the current situation “evidently had not been drafted in Slovakia.”
He added today that the hand-writing of Kiska’s speech “was from elsewhere.”
Kiska’s spokesman retorted to Fico on Sunday that the speech had been written in Tatranska Javorina, situated in Slovakia.
Kuciak and his girlfriend, both 27, were shot dead in their house in Velka Maca village, west Slovakia, at the end of February. The police said Kuciak’s work as an investigative journalist might have been the motive of the crime.
In his last, unfinished article, Kuciak described the activities of Italian businesspeople linked to mafia in eastern Slovakia, and also their alleged ties with Fico’s aides.
Several aides of Fico have resigned from their posts at the Government Office in recent days.
The opposition and Most-Hid demand the resignation of Interior Minister Robert Kalinak, a member of Fico’s Smer-Social Democracy.
Kalinak has refused to take the step.
Soros was in the focus of the campaign before the forthcoming election in Hungary. Its Prime Minister Viktor Orban has accused Soros of trying to flood Europe with migrants.