PRESIDENT-elect Andrej Kiska has introduced his team of six advisors during an interview in the private broadcaster Rádio Expres. He also said his spokesman will be Peter Petrus, a reporter of TV JOJ broadcaster.

“We can call it the Magnificent Seven that will come with me to the palace,” Kiska said, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

Though Kiska said on May 14 he will have together seven advisors (six advisers plus spokesperson), he specified their names only on May 29. This includes former Constitutional Court president Ján Mazák, former diplomat Martin Bútora, members of his election team Tomáš Lehotský, Rado Baťo and Sergej Michalič, and Roman Krpelan.

Baťo, a former journalist, was head of Kiska’s election campaign. He also worked as spokesman for former prime minister Iveta Radičová. Michalič was working for the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ). Krpelan is former deputy editor-in-chief of the Sme daily and former advisor to one-time health minister Ivan Uhliarik.

Kiska explained that Bútora will help him with foreign policy issues, but they will also discuss the sociological advice. Mazár will be an expert for law and justice, while Michalič and Baťo will help him with domestic and foreign policy. Lehotský, who has been working with Kiska for 10 years, will be responsible for management, and Krpelan will secure communication with the public, TASR wrote.

The new president will probably have other external aides, who want to, according to Kiska, “help me to change our Slovakia”, as reported by TASR.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

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