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Slovakia: Prime Minister Makes Changes To Cabinet

Bratislava, 27 August 1996 (RFE/RL) -- For the first time in nearly two years, Slovak Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar has changed his cabinet.

Three ministers have been removed from the cabinet, Meciar spokesman Vladimir Stefko announced today. They are: Interior Minister Ludovit Hudek, Minister of Foreign Affairs Juraj Schenk and Economics Minister Jan Ducky.

Slovak President Michal Kovac accepted Meciar's proposal to fire the ministers. Kovac then appointed three replacements.

Karol Cesnek, the head of Slovak Electrical, will become the Economics Minister, while Slovak Ambassador to Germany, Pavol Hamzik, takes over the Foreign Affairs Ministry. Gustav Krajci, an official with the governing Movement for a Democratic Slovakia party, is the new Interior Minister.

No official reason was given for the changes, but corresondents say that Meciar was reportedly annoyed with Hudek because a tape of a conversation between Hudek and secret police head Ivan Lexa was made public earlier this year. On the tape, the two men discussed the removal of a police investigator from a controversial case.