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Slovak designate PM presents most of cabinet ministers

(Xinhua)

09:03, March 31, 2012

BANSKA BYSTRICA, Slovakia, March 30 (Xinhua) -- The Slovak incoming Prime Minister Robert Fico presented most of his new cabinet ministers following a board meeting of his leftist Smer-SD party in Banska Bystrica on Friday.

While ten ministers are from his won Smer-SD party, at least three ministers are independent candidates who do not have party links.

The nomination of a fourth non-partisan candidate -- Jan Valko as economy minister -- is still subject to negotiations, and the final result is expected to be announced early next week.

Three vice-chairmen of Smer-SD party, Robert Kalinak, Marek Madaric and Peter Kazimir would head interior ministry, culture ministry and finance ministry respectively.

Meanwhile, Smer-SD party members would also lead other key ministries, including transport ministry, defense ministry, environment ministry, education ministry, labor, social affairs and the family ministry, and agriculture ministry.

Unlike these posts above which would be taken by the ruling party members, justice ministry is to be headed by Tomas Borec, a non-partisan nominee. Former chief of state-run health insurer VsZP Zuzana Zvolenska, for her part, is to head the Health Ministry. Miroslav Lajcak, the country's former foreign affairs minister in 2009 and 2010, would resume the office.

Fico was put in charge of forming the government by President Ivan Gasparovic following Smer-SD's landslide victory on March 10, securing 83 seats out of 150 parliament seats.

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