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Opposition parties won't back joint candidate for ÚPN head

The so-called People's Platform, comprising the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and Most-Híd opposition parties, said on Thursday, November 1, that it will not back a single candidate to head the Nation's Memory Institute (ÚPN).

The so-called People's Platform, comprising the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and Most-Híd opposition parties, said on Thursday, November 1, that it will not back a single candidate to head the Nation's Memory Institute (ÚPN).

The KDH and SDKÚ are backing former KDH MP František Mikloško, who left the KDH to co-found the Conservative Democrats of Slovakia (KDS) party, whereas Most-Híd is opting for a different candidate. Most-Hid caucus chair László Solymos said his party is promoting Ladislav Bukovszký, a member of the ÚPN supervisory board since 2009, the TASR newswire reported. Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), another opposition party, will propose former ÚPN spokesman Michal Dzurjanin for the post, said SaS vice-chair Ľubomír Galko. Igor Matovič, leaded of Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO), said that his party had not yet made a choice, TASR reported.

The governing Smer party is in a similar position. "This matter is still open. We're interested in nominating a candidate for ÚPN administrative board chairman," confirmed Smer caucus chair Jana Laššáková, adding that the name will be revealed on November 5. The term of office of incumbent ÚPN head Ivan Petranský expires in January 2013.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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