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Quotes of the Week

"As you can see I have no hair but this isn't because of my age but rather because I'm worried about this party and about Slovak politics in general."

Roman Šipoš, candidate for the chair of Democratic Left Party (SDĽ) speaking at a recent party conference. The post was won by Pavol Koncoš who gained overwhelming support from party colleagues.

"The media mafia knocked me down. I resigned to save my family from perishing. But I'll be back."

Pavol Kanis, SDĽ member and former Defence Minister. Kanis resigned as minister last December after he failed to explain the financing of a luxurious villa in Bratislava.He claimed he had received the money as a loan from a friend herefused to name and from gambling.

"They shouldn't run for the posts with the aim to become regional barons, but rather be prepared for some hard work."

Milan Muška, vice chairman of the Slovak Towns and Villages Association, referring to candidates for the influential posts of heads of eight higher territorial units to be established through the cabinet's public administration reform. The elections will take place December 1.

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