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Presidential elections to be on April 3

SPEAKER of Parliament Pavol Hrušovský announced the presidential elections for April 3 and the potential second round for April 17. The candidates can submit their bids from January 10 until January 30, the SITA news wire reported.

President Rudolf Schuster promised to decide on running for re-election by the end of next week.

"Vladimir Mečiar has not decided yet whether to run in the presidential elections," Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) spokesman Igor Zvach said.

The Hungarian Coalition Party is not likely to nominate its own presidential candidate and will choose a candidate to support from those running.

The unofficial list of presidential candidates includes former member of the HZDS Ivan Gašparovič, Foreign Minister Eduard Kukan, Christian Democratic Movement deputy František Mikloško, Bratislava county head Ľubo Roman, former Slovak ambassador to the USA Martin Bútora, former state secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jozef Šesták, former Slovak National Party (SNS) member Jozef Prokeš, and former deputy PM and onetime top HZDS official Jozef Kalman.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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