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Radičová tops opinion poll for the post of president

Interim Prime Minister Iveta Radičová would have won a presidential election if it had been held in late October, according to the results of a poll conducted by the MVK polling, the SITA newswire reported.

Interim Prime Minister Iveta Radičová would have won a presidential election if it had been held in late October, according to the results of a poll conducted by the MVK polling, the SITA newswire reported.

Radičová would be the winner backed by 30 percent of the voters surveyed, followed by opposition leader Robert Fico with the support of 26.8 percent. Parliament Speaker Pavol Hrušovský would have finished third with 16.7 percent, and Vladimír Mečiar would have received 10 percent.

MVK used a defined, closed list arranged in alphabetical order that it developed based on an analysis of personal preferences of voter segments. The current head of state, Ivan Gašparovič, has been in office for two terms and cannot run for re-election.

Radičová recently stated, however, that she did not want to be the head of state. In a talk show on public-service STV she said that she did not want to run in the 2014 presidential elections, saying that a person should attempt to run for president once and if the citizens say 'no' to the candidate, one has to respect it.

"The citizens have already once told me no," she stated.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports
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