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Matovič woos Hlina to join Ordinary People slate

Neither the leader of the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities party Igor Matovič nor civic activist Alojz Hlina were able to confirm Wednesday, November 16, whether Hlina would run for parliament on the party’s slate for the March 2012 general election, the TASR newswire reported on Wednesday.

Neither the leader of the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities party Igor Matovič nor civic activist Alojz Hlina were able to confirm Wednesday, November 16, whether Hlina would run for parliament on the party’s slate for the March 2012 general election, the TASR newswire reported on Wednesday.

"I'd rather Alojz Hlina was on our slate, but I'll leave it up to him to decide. He hasn't told me for sure whether he'll run or not," said Matovič. Matovič was speaking as the foundation stone was laid for Hlina's private "November 17 Museum" in Bratislava, which will present the events surrounding the fall of communism in the then Czechoslovakia beginning on November 17, 1989. "I view him [Hlina] as a symbol of civic activism in Slovakia. And I want our slate to have a symbol," said Matovič, calling Hlina a "good person". "I need to know him better, though, I've only sat down with him three times for three hours each," he added.

"I like Matovič's project and I even believe that this country needs it, and we're close to each other," Hlina said, as quoted by TASR. But he warned: "You know, I can't sit with [Slovak National Party chairman] Ján Slota in the same parliament." When asked what he would do if both he and Slota were to be elected to parliament, Hlina said that he would never sit in the same room as Slota.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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