SDKÚ approves candidates list for elections

THE RULING coalition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) party yesterday approved its list of candidates for the upcoming elections in June, fielding a mix of old and new faces, including 5 women in the top 20 places.

The list is topped by familiar names such as Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda, Finance Minister Ivan Mikloš, Labour Minister Iveta Radičová, and Foreign Minister Eduard Kukan.

However, the top 20 spots, from which candidates are likely to take seats in parliament, include 5 women, an unusually high number for Slovakia's male-dominated politics.

Names include current Justice Minister Lucia Žitňanská, Deputy Foreign Minister Magda Vášáryová, advisor to the prime minister Tatiana Rosová, and SDKÚ functionary Katarína Cibulková, the Pravda daily wrote.

Among the newcomers to politics is also international football referee Ľuboš Michel.

Of the SDKÚ's current members of parliament, only 6 made it into the top 20 spots. The SDKÚ also dropped former Labour Minister Ľudovít Kaník, whose Democratic Party recently merged with the SDKÚ.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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