In a recent development, Lubomir Solak, the newly appointed police president of Slovakia, has gone through an exhaustive round of questioning that lasted nearly three hours before the parliamentary committee. This interrogation marked the final step before his official appointment.
Although his acceptance by the committee was largely seen as a formality, Solak faced criticism from coalition MPs for his lack of a specific vision for the development of the police department.
Appointment Despite Opposition
The committee, which lacked the authority to reject Solak, saw only two MPs present who opposed his nomination. The primary goal Solak stated was to ensure public safety, with a secondary priority of addressing corruption, a problem he acknowledged could permeate the highest levels of politics.
When asked why he should be the police president, Solak's response was refreshingly straightforward: he was chosen by the Interior Minister, Matuš Šutaj Eštok. Solak described Eštok as a police officer 'by body and soul'. He did not disclose who recommended him for the position, clarifying that his decision to accept the role was a personal one.
Under The Scanner
During the questioning, Solak found himself schooled by former police president Jaroslav Spišiak on the limits of his competencies versus those of the minister.
This intense scrutiny underscored the high expectations and responsibilities that come with the role of police president.