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Communist presidential candidate collects 20,000 signatures

The Slovak Communist Party (KSS) petition committee has already collected over 20,000 signatures for Ilan Sidor, its candidate for the 2009 presidential election, party chairman Jozef Hrdlička told the TASR newswire on December 18.

The Slovak Communist Party (KSS) petition committee has already collected over 20,000 signatures for Ilan Sidor, its candidate for the 2009 presidential election, party chairman Jozef Hrdlička told the TASR newswire on December 18.

"The goal that we set in connection with this has been fulfilled and we evaluate this result as positive," he said. He added that the KSS is realistic when it comes to the presidential election. "We're aware of our qualities, as well as our limits."

Sidor said that the number of collected signatures was a sign that the Communist Party can rise from the ashes. Hrdlička acknowledged that the KSS is participating mainly to make use of the media time that the presidential race offers. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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