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Slovakian minister quits after 3 weeks due to outcry over journalist murder

 Then-Slovak Minister of the Interior Tomas Drucker (L) receives his certificate from Slovak President Andrej Kiska (R) during the appointment of the new Slovak Government in Bratislava, Slovakia, Mar. 22, 2018. EPA-EFE/FILE/JAKUB GAVLAK

Then-Slovak Minister of the Interior Tomas Drucker (L) receives his certificate from Slovak President Andrej Kiska (R) during the appointment of the new Slovak Government in Bratislava, Slovakia, Mar. 22, 2018. EPA-EFE/FILE/JAKUB GAVLAK

Prague, Apr 16 (efe-epa).- Slovakia's interior minister tendered his resignation Monday just three weeks after taking on the role amid continued public anger over the murder of a young investigative reporter and his partner.

Tomas Drucker told reporters that he was stepping down because he was unable to quell the huge public discontent in the central European country over the fatal shooting of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak, 27, and his live-in girlfriend at their home in a Bratislava commuter town in February.

Drucker had been expected to fire the chief of police Tibor Gaspar, another head demanded by the street protests who have accused him of failing to protect Kuciak, but said such a move would not serve to settle the unrest.

Huge demonstrations in Slovakia over the assassination of Kuciak have brought the tripartite government there to the brink of collapse and even forced the resignation of the prime minister, Robert Fico.

Drucker had replaced Robert Kalinak, who bowed to public pressure and resigned in March.

Kuciak gained notoriety for his work examining government and business corruption.

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