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President undecided in repeated candidacy for top post

PRESIDENT Rudolf Schuster has not yet decided whether he will run again for the post of head of state, although he revealed that many people have tried to convince him to go for the position.

"Many people have rung me from various parts of the country. They are trying to convince me to run again. It was a nice surprise, but I have not made a final decision yet," Schuster said in an interview with the private news agency SITA.

Speaker of parliament Pavol Hrušovský and other politicians, however, are convinced that the president will run again and even speculated that the opposition party Smer could support him as a candidate.

Smer deputy chairman Dušan Čaplovič told the Slovak daily SME that his party had not made any such decision and was waiting for the president to say clearly whether or not he wants to run for the post.

Presidential elections will be held in early April.

Those who have officially announced their candidacy include Foreign Minister Eduard Kukan, Christian Democrat František Mikloško, head of the Bratislava greater territorial unit Ľubo Roman, mayor of Banská Bystrica Ján Králik, Movement for Democracy chairman Ivan Gašparovič, as well as former Slovak ambassador to Washington Martin Bútora and several other civic candidates.

Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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