Peter Pellegrini

Peter Pellegrini 

Peter Pellegrini
 
Peter Pellegrini in 2015
 
Prime Minister of Slovakia
Incumbent
Assumed office
22 March 2018
President Andrej Kiska
Preceded by Robert Fico
Deputy Prime Minister for Investment
In office
23 March 2016 – 22 March 2018
Prime Minister Robert Fico
Speaker of the National Council
In office
25 November 2014 – 23 March 2016
Preceded by Pavol Paška
Succeeded by Andrej Danko
Minister of Culture
In office
7 March 2018 – 22 March 2018
Acting
Prime Minister Robert Fico
Preceded by Marek Maďarič
Minister for

Education, Science, Research and Sport

In office
3 July 2014 – 25 November 2014
Prime Minister Robert Fico
Preceded by Dušan Čaplovič
Succeeded by Juraj Draxler
State Secretary for Finance
In office
2012 – 3 July 2014
 
Personal details
Born (1975-10-06) 6 October 1975 
Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
(now Slovakia)
Political party Direction – Social Democracy
Alma mater Matej Bel University,

Technical University of Košice

Peter Pellegrini is a Slovak politician who has been Prime Minister of Slovakia since March 2018 when he succeeded Robert Fico in the wake of the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak.

Between 2006 and 2012 he was a member of the National Council of Slovakia. He then became State Secretary for Finance, he served in this position until his appointment as Minister for Education, Science, Research and Sport on 3 July 2014. He was Speaker of the National Council between 25 November 2014 and 23 March 2016. After his stint as speaker, he became Deputy Prime Minister for Investments.

Early life

His great-grandfather was Italian. He studied at the Faculty of Economics of Matej Bel University and the Technical University of Košice, focusing on banking, investment and finance at the latter. Between 2002 and 2006 he worked as economist and later as advisor to National Council member Ľubomír Vážny.

Political career

In the 2006 parliamentary elections he was elected to the National Council for Direction – Social Democracy (Smer-SD). In the 2010 elections he was reelected, and once again in the 2012 elections.

Between 2012 and 3 July 2014 he was State Secretary for Finance. He later briefly became Minister for Education, Science, Research and Sport. On 25 November 2014, he was elected Speaker of the National Council, succeeding Pavol Paška. In 2015, he was appointed Digital Champion of Slovakia, a European Union appointed position to promote the benefits of an inclusive digital society. Pellegrini was subsequently made Deputy Prime Minister for Investments in 2016, during the third government of Robert Fico.

Prime Minister Robert Fico resigned on 15 March 2018. Pellegrini was accredited to form the new government by President Andrej Kiska and is due to replace Fico as a prime minister once the government is appointed.

Personal life

Pellegrini has Italian roots; his surname means pilgrims in Italian. His great-grandfather Leopoldo Pellegrini came to Austro-Hungarian Empire to participate in the construction of the railway between Levice and Zvolen. He then decided to settle in Lehôtka pod Brehmi, in the district of Žiar nad Hronom, after falling in love with a local girl, Maria Kunovská. Next part of the article is taken from channelnewsasia.com.

Slovak president appoints Peter Pellegrini as new prime minister

Slovakia President Andrej Kiska appointed Peter Pellegrini as prime minister on Thursday to end a political crisis touched off by the murder of an investigative journalist that led to mass protests and veteran leader Robert Fico’s resignation.

Newly appointed Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini attends a ceremony in Bratislava alll
Newly appointed Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini attends a ceremony in Bratislava, Slovakia, March 22, 2018. REUTERS/David W Cerny

In Slovakia’s biggest protests in three decades of democracy, tens of thousands have taken to the streets demanding a new government and a fair investigation into last month’s killing of Jan Kuciak, 27, who probed fraud cases involving businessmen with political ties.

The ruling Smer party picked Pellegrini, a 42-year-old deputy prime minister, to replace Fico and keep the three-party government afloat midway through its term.Peter Pellegrini

It also chose non-partisan Tomas Drucker to head the Interior Ministry and meet the demands of the protesters and of President Kiska to install a person who can secure an independent investigation into the killing of Kuciak.

Kiska had rejected Pellegrini’s first interior minister nominee and said on Wednesday he was not entirely satisfied with the proposed cabinet but had reached the limit of his presidential powers.Peter Pellegrini

Many Slovaks do not believe that Pellegrini, hand-picked by Fico, and Drucker will safeguard a fair investigation of Kuciak’s murder while the Smer party, often a target of the reporter’s investigative journalism, remains in power.

Protest organisers plan another demonstration on Friday, the fourth week in a row.

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