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SaS slate almost ready; no big changes for HZDS

The election slate of the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party is almost ready for publication, the TASR newswire reported on Thursday, December 1. TASR quoted an unnamed source as saying that the party's list for the general election in March next year will be headed by SaS chairman Richard Sulík, party vice-chairs Juraj Miškov, Jozef Mihál and Ľubomír Galko, party general manager Jana Kissová and caucus leader Jozef Kollár. Culture Minister Daniel Krajcer should also get one of the top places.

The election slate of the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party is almost ready for publication, the TASR newswire reported on Thursday, December 1. TASR quoted an unnamed source as saying that the party's list for the general election in March next year will be headed by SaS chairman Richard Sulík, party vice-chairs Juraj Miškov, Jozef Mihál and Ľubomír Galko, party general manager Jana Kissová and caucus leader Jozef Kollár. Culture Minister Daniel Krajcer should also get one of the top places.

"The slate is based on people who have proved their abilities, who are active members or long-term co-operators. There won't be any celebrities on it," said the source, as quoted by TASR, who added that two of SaS' 18 current MPs will not be included on the list.

The Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS), which formed part of the government until as recently as 2010 but lost all its seats in that year's elections, will be again be led by its founding chairman, Vladimir Mečiar. Party stalwarts Sergej Kozlík and Katarína Tóthová will also head the party list in March, TASR reported. The final form of the HZDS slate will be confirmed at a meeting of its national council on Saturday, December 3.

Mečiar remains at the head of the party's slate despite earlier assertions by a number of HZDS members that a new election leader would be appointed. Sergej Kozlík, who is currently an MEP for the party, said that if he were elected to parliament in March he would be prepared to give up his seat in the European Parliament and return to Slovak politics. The revitalisation of agriculture, the introduction of a progressive tax system and the boosting of investments will, according to Kozlík, be some of the points addressed by the HZDS during the election campaign.

Political parties that wish to run in the election have until December 11 to submit a party list. The election is set to take place on March 10, 2012.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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