Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič declared on Wednesday, November 7, in response to the re-election of President Barack Obama to office in the 2012 US presidential election, that he “fully respects the results of the vote”.
Assessing Obama's first term, Gašparovič said, as quoted by the TASR newswire, that in his opinion Obama contributed towards improving communication between the US and the European Union. Gašparovič added that he values the high level of bilateral relations between the US and Slovakia.
Obama will face major challenges in his second term in office that will demand strength and courage from him, former two-time prime minister Mikuláš Dzurinda (1998-2006) told journalists on Wednesday. "We all realise that just like the EU and Slovakia, the US is also in need of substantial changes and reforms, especially in the economy; so that it revives; so that new jobs are created and the US administration creates a good business environment. The US, just like the EU, needs to see its public finances recover ... It's clear to Obama himself that major challenges lie ahead, so I wish him the ability to draw up his projects and have the courage and strength to push them through," said Dzurinda. He admitted that he had been keeping his fingers crossed for Republican contender Mitt Romney, especially in view of his planned economic measures.
Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) chairman Richard Sulík, for his part, commented that the world under Obama's leadership would be a less aggressive place. Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) head Igor Matovič stated that he would have preferred a 'Mitt Obama' victory, in other words "a blend of bits from Romney and Obama alike". "So, it was only Obama who won, but the US is lucky to have less petty political quarrelling than Slovakia and that the president who wins respects even the voters who didn't vote for him. This is something that could serve as an inspiration for us," Matovič said.
MP and New Majority (Nova) party leader Daniel Lipšic said that he had supported Romney's bid. "Obama's years in power have been marked by the persisting crisis, rising unemployment, the economy faring poorly ... I find the philosophy that Obama wants to employ to address the crisis to be wrong," said Lipšic. "America is on the wrong path and has never been in such a difficult economic situation," he added.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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