Bratislava, March 6 (CTK) – Slovak President Andrej Kiska has been playing power games, pursuing opposition policy and destabilising Slovakia since the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak, Prime Minister Robert Fico told journalists today.
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, a minor coalition government member, demand the resignation of Interior Minister Robert Kalinak, a member of Fico’s Smer-Social Democracy.
On Sunday, Kiska demanded a government reshuffle or early election over general loss of confidence in society.
“Instead of doing what his position demands, which means protecting Slovakia and its good name, Kiska is playing power games, doing the opposition policy and destabilising Slovakia,” Fico said after a working lunch with the ambassadors of EU countries and the USA.
Fico said he had told the ambassadors that one “could watch an attack by the opposition and Kiska on the principles of the rule of law and on the results of a democratic election. “
Fico said the murder had benefited the opposition and Kiska since now they had a story with which they wanted to topple the government.
“What started taking place after Sunday, when he found out that the murder happened, is a scenario that is not prepared here,” Fico said.
“You may accuse me of conspiracy theories, but I do not care. I can see a certain hand-writing in Central and Eastern Europe that is rather strong,” Fico said.
“It is incredible with what a speed the opposition and Kiska are trying to destroy the legitimate result of a democratic election,” Fico said.
He repeated his criticism of Kiska over his last year’s meeting financier George Soros without the presence of other Slovak politicians in New York.
It was held at the moment Kiska was taking part in a U.N. General Assembly session. Kiska said they had discussed the situation of the Slovak Roma.
Fico dismissed it as “rubbish.”
Fico said Kiska had wanted to speak privately with Soros and “it is common knowledge what he does in this region.”
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.