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Political parties start to introduce their slates for March 10 election

Some political parties have started to publish the names of people on their slates for next year’s election, the TASR newswire reported, writing that the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) will rely primarily on old faces.

Some political parties have started to publish the names of people on their slates for next year’s election, the TASR newswire reported, writing that the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) will rely primarily on old faces.

At the moment the candidate slate for SDKÚ has 57 candidates and the party is waiting for the other nominations from its regional structures. The party’s slate is to be topped by party chairman Mikuláš Dzurinda, followed by deputy chairs Ivan Mikloš and Lucia Žitňanská. The fourth spot went to SDKÚ’s parliamentary caucus chairman Jozef Mikuš, followed by MPs Milan Hort, Ivan Štefanec, Martin Fedor, Education Minister Eugen Jurzyca, president of the Bratislava Region, Pavol Frešo, and the State Secretary of the Education Ministry, Jaroslav Ivančo.
TASR wrote that surprisingly three long-time representatives of the party, Tomáš Galbavý, Stanislav Janiš and former interior minister Martin Pado, landed spots in the 40-50 range.

“I believe that it is only natural for some to make better use of their opportunities while others don’t, and it's just as natural for fresh blood to appear,” Dzurinda stated, as quoted by TASR.

The Movement for Democratic Slovakia (HZDS), currently not in parliament, confirmed its earlier statement that the party’s slate will be led by its chair Vladimír Mečiar who said he believes HZDS will make it to parliament in 2012.

“Lots of stupid things would never have happened if we had been there,” Mečiar stated, as quoted by TASR, adding that people would be better off and should not fall for formations of a new government that will “cheat them anyway and that only cater to their own profit”.

Mečiar also declared that if his party failed to make it to parliament he would step down as chair.

Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party announced that it had definitely closed its slate over the past weekend. One of the names which will appear is Peter Paluda, a critic of current Supreme Court President Štefan Harabin, who will appear in the 11-20 range, the Sme daily reported.

Source: TASR, Sme
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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