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Speaker hasn't decided on date for presidential election yet

Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška hasn't yet decided on the date of Slovakia’s next presidential election, according to comments made by Paška's spokesman Jozef Plško to the TASR newswire on January 7.

Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška hasn't yet decided on the date of Slovakia’s next presidential election, according to comments made by Paška's spokesman Jozef Plško to the TASR newswire on January 7.

Paška said at the end of last year that the presidential election might take place as early as February. This led to criticism from opposition parties and one of the ruling coalition parties, the HZDS. However, it can't now take place earlier than March, because there must be a gap of at least 55 days between the announcement and the actual election.

According to recent popular opinion polls, the incumbent president, Ivan Gašparovič (who is supported by Smer, SNS and the non-parliamentary HZD parties) is the favourite to win the election. However, he has still formally to announce his candidacy. His main rival is expected to be SDKÚ-DS vice-chair Iveta Radičová, who is supported by all the parliamentary opposition parties. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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