Premier: No Surprise People Are Critical of Perception of Democracy

27. apríla 2021 20:22
Bratislava, April 27 (TASR) - It's no surprise that people are critical of the perception of democracy and demand that it be improved, Prime Minister Eduard Heger (OLaNO) said in response to a survey conducted by the INEKO institute, in which almost half of the respondents expressed dissatisfaction with the quality of democracy in Slovakia, TASR was told by the Government Office's press and information department on Tuesday. Heger attributes the criticism to a number of cases. At the same time, however, he stated that the cleansing of society had already begun. "The Government hears the call of citizens for decent people in politics and makes sure that politicians and other important creators and guardians of democracy work only in the public interest," declared the prime minister, adding that this is already shown by some adopted amendments to laws from the Justice Ministry, but also those that are currently being discussed, such as the draft law on the material responsibility of politicians. The premier further stated that the survey shows that our still young democracy needs to be constantly protected and developed. "I was really pleased, as INEKO itself states, that the proportion of people who believe that the quality of democracy notably affects the quality of life has increased significantly. I agree, this is the case and it means that we are maturing as a society," he commented. According to the survey by the Institute for Economic and Social Reforms (INEKO), 45.6 percent of the people polled are dissatisfied with the quality of democracy in Slovakia. They don't like the fact that politicians do not work in the public interest, are not punished for the uneconomical use of state property and money, but also the poor enforceability of the law. More than two thirds of people (68.3 percent) expressed the opinion that the quality of democracy "fundamentally" or "quite significantly" affects the quality of people's life in Slovakia. am/mcs
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