Slovak President Zuzana Shaputova on Tuesday appointed three new ministers, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Economy and Justice, after the departure of the liberal Sloboda Solidarita party from the government coalition. The former ambassador to the Czech Republic, Rastislav Kayer, became the head of diplomacy. The coalition has not yet chosen a new education minister, so the office will be headed temporarily by Prime Minister Edward Heger. His government lost its majority in the House of Representatives after the SaS left the opposition.




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Slovak President Zuzana Chaputova (center), Parliament Speaker Boris Kolar (left) and Prime Minister Eduard Heger (right) | Source: Photobank Profimedia

The new economy minister is energy analyst Karel Hermann, who in the past was an advisor to former Slovak Prime Minister Ivita Radizova or a member of the team of advisors to former Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Hrogsman. Hermann became a minister at a time when the Slovak government was looking for solutions to mitigate the effects of high energy prices on the market.


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Shaputova appointed the current head of the Slovak Bar Association, William Karas, as Minister of Justice.

“You take on your duties at a time when the public is oversaturated and tired of controversies that lead to nothing. Moreover, at a time when you will also need the votes of your political opponents or opponents of any law.”

She expressed her appreciation for the proposal of Prime Minister Hejer experts for the vacant cabinet seats, but at the same time criticized that she could not appoint a new Minister of Education yet.

Former Economy Minister and President of SaS Sulík, as well as current Ministers of Education Branislav Gröhling and Justice Mária Kolíková, have now won the mandate of Member of Parliament in the 2020 elections. A longtime diplomat and politician, Koroc became head of Slovak diplomacy more than two years ago in a non-partisan capacity. Čaputová accepted their resignation shortly before the appointment of new ministers.


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The departure of the SaS to the opposition culminated in the recent coalition crisis, in which the Minister of Finance and the head of the most powerful government movement, the ordinary people and independent personalities, Igor Matovich, rejected the SaS ultimatum to leave the government. The SaS, along with the smallest government party Za lidi, had already forced Matovi to resign as Prime Minister last year; However, disagreements between SaS and Matovi continued and resulted in personal disputes between Sulík and Matovi.

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