Roma party plans to put up presidential candidate

A Slovak Roma political party plans to nominate a presidential candidate for the election in 2014. “Our party decided to look for an apt candidate for the position of the president of the Slovak Republic,” František Tanko, chairman of the Party of Roma Union (SRÚ), told Gipsy Television TV.

A Slovak Roma political party plans to nominate a presidential candidate for the election in 2014. “Our party decided to look for an apt candidate for the position of the president of the Slovak Republic,” František Tanko, chairman of the Party of Roma Union (SRÚ), told Gipsy Television TV.

Tanko said that he would like to see František Godla, the former headmaster of the secondary grammar school in Sabinov, eastern Slovakia, take up the post. “For now, it is a mere proposal between me and vice-chair Alfonz Kaliáš, which has not been debated at the party leadership,” the TASR newswire quoted Tanko as saying.

He added that his party was seeking a president that would represent the Roma minority in Slovakia. Godla was employed at the Anton Prídavka grammar school for 34 years, was co-founder of the Department of Roma Culture at the Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, the Secondary Artistic School in Košice and the Romathan theatre. According to Gipsy Television, he also elaborated the statutes and first agenda of the Roma Civic Initiative (ROI) party.

Sources: Gipsy Television, TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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