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Andrej Danko
Andrej Danko
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9th Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic

23 March 2016
Peter Pellegrini
Personal details
Born (1974-08-12) 12 August 1974 (age 45)
Revúca, Czechoslovakia
(now Slovakia)
Political partySlovak National Party
Alma materComenius University

Andrej Danko (born 12 August 1974) is a Slovak politician who has been Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic since 2016 and Chairman of the Slovak National Party since 2012.

Biography

Born in Revúca, Danko studied at the Faculty of Law at Comenius University in Bratislava.[1] After compulsory military service, he founded several commercial companies and worked as an independent lawyer.[1]

During 2006-2010, he was an assistant in the National Council of Slovakia and a member of several parliamentary commissions. He became the first vice-president of the Slovak National Party in 2010.

In 2012, he became the chairman of the party after getting support from many of the party's members, succeeding Ján Slota.[1]

On 23 March 2016 Danko was elected Speaker of the National Council.[2]

Controversies

Promotion to the rank of Captain in Reserve

In September 2016, while in his position as the Speaker of the Parliament, Danko was promoted by eight ranks (from OR-4 to O-2), to Captain in Reserve of the Slovak Army, by his friend Peter Gajdo?, the Minister of Defense. The promotion was viewed by some in the media, general and internet public as a sign of corrupt government. This is because a single promotion by eight ranks has never happened in the history of Slovak Army, not at all to a person who has only joined mandatory national service for the period of one year.[3][4][5]

Plagiarism allegations

In 2018, Danko was accused of plagiarism of his doctoral thesis at University of Matej Bel in 2000. When media showed interest in his thesis, he asked the university to ban public access to it. Following public pressure, Danko removed the ban after one month and the university library allowed the public to see the thesis, but not to take pictures of it.[6] In November 2018 the university set up a commission to review his thesis.[7] According to the conclusion published by the commission in January 2019, the rigorous procedure met valid regulations, but the thesis contains parts that only slightly differ from original sources, the most of the thesis is the same to a large extent and it preserves also the structure of sources without proper citation or paraphrasing.[8]

2019 Presidential Inauguration

In 2019, Danko presided ceremonial assembly of the National Council of the Slovak Republic on the occasion of presidential inauguration of Zuzana ?aputová in the Slovak Philharmonic, and delivered an unscheduled speech to address the participants. This caused a breach of a protocol which states that duties of the outgoing president cease at 12.00 GMT+1 and the elect takes office.[9] Slovak laws state that in an event of vacant presidential seat, some competences of the president are passed to the Speaker of the National Council and to the Government of the Slovak republic[10]. Zuzana ?aputová sworn at 12.07, so there were some polemics, who was the president for this seven minutes. Some people (including the Office of the National Council[11] and law consultant of Zuzana ?aputová, Peter Kubina[12]) said, that the president was still Andrej Kiska, but some other people (e. g. protocolist Ladislav ?pa?ek[13]) said that there was no president and other people thought, that Andrej Danko and Peter Pellegrini, the prime minister, were carrying out presidential competences.

References

  1. ^ a b c "Andrej Danko". Aktuality.sk. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ "Andrej Danko elected as new Slovak Parliament chairman". Xinhua. 24 March 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "Danko: Na hodnos? kapitán som hrdý, zaslú?im si ju". Pravda. 19 January 2017. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "Internet oslavuje novú hodnos? predsedu SNS vtipnými obrázkami: Kapitán Danko, pozor na ?adovec!". Cas. 19 January 2017. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ "Andreja Danka pový?il minister obrany za SNS na kapitána (+video)". Dennik N. 19 January 2017. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "Denník N: Danko is a plagiarist". spectator.sme.sk. The Slovak Spectator. 2018-11-15. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Dankova rigorózna práca nedáva univerzite spáva?". Pravda. 13 November 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ Vyhlásenie ú?elovej komisie Akademického senátu Univerzity Mateja Bela na preskúmanie podozrení na plagiátorstvo rigoróznych prác UMB (in Slovak), Univerzita Mateja Bela, 2019-01-09
  9. ^ Azet.sk. "Slovenským zastupujúcim prezidentom bol na 7 minút Andrej Danko". aktuality.sk (in Slovak). Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Prezidentka Slovenskej republiky | Ústava". Prezidentka Slovenskej republiky (in Slovak). Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Danko reaguje na kritiku: Neboli sme bez prezidenta, treba si na?tudova? Ústavu". slovensko.hnonline.sk (in Slovak). Retrieved .
  12. ^ Tódová, Monika (2019-06-15). ",,Zvládli sme to." ?aputovej nepokazil slávnostný de? ani Andrej Danko". Denník N (in Slovak). Retrieved .
  13. ^ "Protokolista Ladislav ?pa?ek v Markíze upozornil na to". Denník N (in Slovak). 2019-06-15. Retrieved .

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