Slovak Health Minister Marek Krajci resigned Thursday after the country’s ruling four-party government coalition put pressure on the purchase of the Russian-made vaccine, Reuters reported Thursday.
“Two coalition parties have made my resignation a condition that they remain in the coalition. In a situation like this, I don’t think there was any reason to argue … I’m not glued to my seat [at the ministry]”Krajci said at a television briefing.
“I don’t want to be a hindrance in any way, so I’m stepping down from my position,” he told reporters.
Krajci will be temporarily replaced by Finance Minister Eduard Heger until the Ordinary People’s Movement of Prime Minister Igor Matovic (OL’aNO) decides on the actual replacement.
His move was an attempt to defuse tensions in a country caught up in political turmoil after Matovic bypassed partners last week and ordered Russia’s Sputnik-V coronavirus vaccine to be shipped.
After Hungary, Slovakia was the second EU country to buy Sputnik V for national use without the approval of the EU Medicines Agency, the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
“According to Prime Minister Igor Matovic, the Minister of Health is not leaving office because he would be corrupt or corrupt, but as a man who fearfully protects people’s health and lives,” the Slovak Ministry of Health said in one Explanation issued on Friday.