Slovak interior minister resigns in slain reporter case

April 16, 2018

FILE- In this Friday, March 9, 2018, file picture a woman places a sticker on a poster with a photo of slain journalist Jan Kuciak during an anti-government rally in Bratislava, Slovakia. Tens of thousands of Slovaks have taken to the streets again on Sunday, April 15, 2018, in the continuing anti-government protests amid a political crisis triggered by the slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee with protesters demanding a thorough and independent investigation into the Feb. 21 shooting deaths and the dismissal of the national police chief, Tibor Gaspar, and Dusan Kovacik, a prosecutor who heads an special office dealing with corruption.(AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s interior minister has resigned amid the political crisis triggered by the slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee.

Tomas Drucker is the second interior minister to resign since the Feb. 21 shooting deaths of Jan Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova. He says he is taking political responsibility for not being able to calm the situation in the country.

Kuciak was investigating possible widespread government corruption. Prime Minister Robert Fico’s three-party coalition stepped down after large street protests sparked by the deaths. Drucker was chosen by new Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini in a government comprising the same three parties as Fico’s.

Many Slovaks think the changes haven’t gone far enough and protests have continued, calling in particular for the dismissal of national police chief Tibor Gaspar.

Drucker says it wouldn’t be right for him to fire Gaspar.

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