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Bútora: I may run for president

DUE TO leave office later this year, Slovak ambassador to the US Martin Bútora admitted he was planning to run for Slovak president in next year's election, after having been encouraged to do so by many.

In an interview with the daily SME, Bútora stressed that he would examine his chances of succeeding only when he is back in Slovakia. He is preparing to return to rejoin the IVO think tank after his term in office is over.

The ambassador is hoping to find support for his presidential bid among former members of various movements against Soviet occupation, in which he was an active member, campaigning against the regime that followed. After the 1989 revolution, he was one of advisors to former Czechoslovak president Václav Havel. He is known for his efforts fighting for democracy in independent Slovakia from 1993.

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