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Analysts ask: who is fighting election campaign?

The presidential campaign is, according to political analysts, turning into a fight between Iveta Radičová and Robert Fico, the economic daily Hospodárske Noviny wrote on March 25.

The presidential campaign is, according to political analysts, turning into a fight between Iveta Radičová and Robert Fico, the economic daily Hospodárske Noviny wrote on March 25.

The daily reported that on Tuesday Fico accused Radičová, who is the rival of incumbent Ivan Gašparovič for the post of the president, of deploying paid provocateurs against him and Gašparovič.

Radičová denied the allegations. According to her, the protesting man was not a provocateur, but a person who lost his land in line with law, but without receiving compensation. According to analysts, Gašparovič is getting more and more off the focus of the presidential campaign, while Fico is adopting the role of attacker. Political scientist Michal Horský says that it is more and more obvious that the campaign is not a battle between Gašparovič and Radičová, but between Fico and Radičová.

The president denies allegations that common events with cabinet members are the beginning of his campaign ahead of the second round of the presidential elections. On Monday, Gašparovič together with Transport Minister Ľubomír Vážny announced the start of a construction of a new dual carriageway. On Tuesday, the president also launched his new book in the German and English languages on Slovakia and his thoughts for Europe and the world. HN

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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