( dpa ) - Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic accepted Wednesday the resignation of Defence Minister Frantisek Kasicky and named his successor Jaroslav Baska, Slovak media reported.
Kasicky, 39, resigned from his post Friday after it was revealed that ministry's public tenders for cleaning and maintenance of barracks and other facilities had been overpriced.
The outgoing minister said he was not directly involved in the scandal but was accepting political responsibility for dealings at his ministry. He scrapped the contested tenders before leaving office, TA3 news channel reported.
Baska, 32, had been the deputy defence minister since 2006. Like his predecessor, he was nominated by the senior ruling Smer-Social Democracy party of Prime Minister Robert Fico.