MP for the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) Radoslav Procházka might be an acceptable presidential candidate, said chair of the opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party Richard Sulík. He discussed the possible nomination of Procházka during a meeting of leaders of the opposition parties, the Sme daily reported on December 28.
“He is young, bold, he is healthily cheeky, that’s why I mentioned his name,” Sulík said, as quoted by Sme. He added that in his opinion, Procházka is “conservative on one hand, but on the other hand acceptable for liberal voter”.
Yet, the reactions to this potential candidacy differed, Sulík added.
The chair of the SaS party was not the only one who mentioned Procházka as a possible candidate for the presidential post. Procházka said that actually there were two politicians with whom he talked about the possible nomination: Sulík and chair of the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) Igor Matovič, the TASR newswire reported on December 27.
Matovič confirmed that he was talking with a KDH MP about his nomination. Matovič said that the meeting was initiated by Procházka, but refused to reveal the content of the talks.
“I think that Rado Procházka would be a good candidate - I do not know whether he’d also be a good president. I believe that there will be at least another ten candidates just as good [as Procházka],” said Matovič, as quoted by TASR.
He added that Slovakia deserves a civic candidate, who is as little smudged with politics as possible.
“Procházka may theoretically meet this requirement,” chair of OĽaNO told TASR, alluding to Procházka’s estrangement from the party brass of KDH and his Alfa platform.
Meanwhile, Procházka said that KDH chief Ján Figeľ, with whom he has had some political disputes, is fiercely resisting the idea of the candidacy. Spokesperson for KDH Matej Kováč, told TASR that there are debates running on concerning an Opposition presidential candidate, but no specific names have been mentioned.
Source: Sme, TASR
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28. Dec 2012 at 14:00