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Kiska starts collecting signatures

SEVERAL people, both inside and outside politics, have already announced their ambition to bid for the presidency. The incumbent, President Ivan Gašparovič, is now serving his second term and must step down in 2014. Most recently, businessman and philanthropist Andrej Kiska officially launched a petition to support his candidacy for the post on June 4, 2013.

SEVERAL people, both inside and outside politics, have already announced their ambition to bid for the presidency. The incumbent, President Ivan Gašparovič, is now serving his second term and must step down in 2014. Most recently, businessman and philanthropist Andrej Kiska officially launched a petition to support his candidacy for the post on June 4, 2013.

“I run as an independent and non-partisan candidate and I lean my candidacy exclusively on the support of the citizens,” Kiska said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. Kiska started his business activities when he established the companies Triangel and Quatro. In 2005 he sold his shares in the companies and founded the Dobrý Anjel (Good Angel) charity organisation. Kiska recently announced that he was leaving his charity organisation due to his candidacy.

Another candidate who has been collecting signatures for some weeks now is former prime minister and Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) leader Ján Čarnogurský, who has been out of politics for years now.

Another ex-KDH member and current independent MP, Radoslav Procházka, has confirmed his intention to run for the post as well.

The centre-right parties have long been in discussion about supporting a joint candidate for the post in the election, but they have so far not been able to agree on a nominee.

Smer is expected to select a candidate for the post no sooner than this autumn. The party’s leader and current prime minister, Robert Fico, has been reported to be interested in the post, but he and his party have not confirmed this. Fico stands the best chance of winning the election, according to the polls. Most recently, the results of the MVK polling agency’s poll from May 22 showed that if an election had taken place in mid-May 2013, Fico would have garnered 41.9 percent of the vote, followed by Čarnogurský with 17.2 percent. Procházka polled at 16.4 percent, and Kiska ended fourth with 13.3 percent.

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