Kukan runs for presidency American style

Slovak Democratic and Christian Union's (SDKU) Eduard Kukan and Movement for a Democratic Slovakia's (HZDS) Vladimír Mečiar remain the first choice candidates for the country's presidential elections scheduled for 2004.

Kukan officially started his campaign on July 7 and introduced a trefoil as his logo. He aspires to appeal to sympathizers of all the political parties and promised to abandon narrow political interests. "I will meet people in pubs and talk to them about their problems. It will be called 'Happy hour with Eduard Kukan'," Kukan said in an interview with the daily SME.

Mečiar has not officially announced his candidacy yet. Political scientist Grigorij Meseznikov says the HZDS leader may repeat his strategy of pretending not to want to run but jumping into the race at the last minute.

Compiled by Beáta Balogová from press reports
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