Slovak president removes finance minister as part of budget deal

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Dec 23 (Reuters) – Slovakia’s President Zuzana Caputova removed Finance Minister Igor Matovic from his government post on Friday and put Prime Minister Eduard Heger in charge of the ministry, a presidential spokesperson said.

Matovic’s departure is part of a deal under which opposition parties helped the minority government to approve 2023 state budget on Thursday.

The deal prevented Slovakia, a euro zone member, from starting 2023 with a provisional budget that would have limited new spending, a risk it faced amid months of political fighting that resulted in the fall of Heger’s government last week.

Heger’s cabinet is ruling now in a caretaker capacity, so Caputova formally removed Matovic’s assignment as a member of government, because he could not resign or be dismissed.

Photo: Slovakia’s President Zuzana Caputova. EU Audiovisual Service

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