Gaspar: Pellegrini Should Consider Joining Progressive Slovakia
13. augusta 2019 21:13
Bratislava, August 13 (TASR) - Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer-SD), according to his last steps, should rather consider joining Progressive Slovakia, they certainly have much in common, former Police Corps president Tibor Gaspar wrote on a social network on Tuesday in response to the premier's words that Gaspar should not be on Smer-SD's slate for next year's parliamentary election and should try to clear his name instead.
Gaspar considers the prime minister's statements to be part of his new media strategy and chasing political points. "He is giving in to the pressure from the media to protect himself from the media lynch, instead of defending legality and the principles of democracy. I do not think these 'liberal moments' appeal to Smer-SD voters," said Gaspar, pointing out that during his tenure at the helm of the Police Corps, Pellegrini was not critical of his work or person. Pellegrini called him a professional in the right place.
The former Police Corps president still does not rule out entry into politics but it is not his priority. "I haven't discussed it with any party or a particular politician. No party is paying me to campaign because I'm not in any campaign. My priority is to communicate with people about topics that resonate in society today," he adds.
Gaspar said that the information in the media that he could appear on Smer-SD's slate was an attempt to escalate the conflict between Pellegrini and Smer-SD Chairman Robert Fico, which, according to Gaspar, the media is trying to foist on the public.
Concerning information that former Police Corps president Tibor Gaspar might appear on Smer-SD's slate, Pellegrini said that he shouldn't be included. "With regard to the current situation I don't think that Mr. Gaspar should be on our party's slate. He should focus on refuting suspicions and clearing his name instead," added the prime minister.
Gaspar resigned from the post of Police Corps president after the murders of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova.