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Kukan, Mečiar favourites for prez

IN A hypothetical survey that allowed respondents to choose any public figure as a future president of Slovakia, Foreign Affairs Minister Eduard Kukan and leader of the opposition HZDS party Vladimír Mečiar were seen advancing into a presidential election run-off, with 24.3 percent and 20.4 percent support respectively.

The poll, compiled by MVK agency in January on a sample of 1,142 respondents, showed President Rudolf Schuster finishing in sixth place with 7.7 percent of the vote.

Of those polled, 5.7 percent said they would not take part in the presidential election, currently scheduled to take place in May 2004, and 18 percent said they were undecided about who they would vote for.

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