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Procházka begins presidential campaign by collecting signatures

Independent MP Radoslav Procházka, a former member of the opposition party Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), has started collecting signatures for his presidential campaign, thus officially announcing his bid for the presidency. Originally, his intention was to run as a nominee of the centre-right parties KDH and Most-Híd, but he had decided to run as a civic candidate, for which he is required to collect at least 15,000 signatures.

Independent MP Radoslav Procházka, a former member of the opposition party Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), has started collecting signatures for his presidential campaign, thus officially announcing his bid for the presidency. Originally, his intention was to run as a nominee of the centre-right parties KDH and Most-Híd, but he had decided to run as a civic candidate, for which he is required to collect at least 15,000 signatures.

He launched the campaign with billboards placed all over Slovakia stressing that he is only 41 years old (candidates can be no younger than 40), the Sme daily wrote in Tuesday, July 2 issue. Procházka is taking advantage of his younger age, something that has never been emphasised in a campaign until now. Sociologist Zora Bútorová, whose husband Martin Bútora ran in 2004 presidential election at 64, opined that age should not be the only, or the strongest, argument, nor gender or similar details.

The other presidential candidates known so far are all older: Ján Čarnogurský (independent, former prominent KDH member) is the oldest candidate, followed by Pavol Hrušovský (supported by KDH and Most-Híd) and civic candidate Andrej Kiska, who said he would not use his age as an argument. Čarnogurský said he would not comment on Procházka’s campaign, while Hrušovský said experience was more important than age.

Procházka told the SITA newswire he will be collecting signatures during summer holidays and that he will announce the result beginning September. He added that he wanted to act as a counter-balance to the power of political parties. To run, a presidential candidate needs either 15 signatures of MPs, or 15,000 signatures of citizens.

Another presidential candidate who recently announced his candidacy is Peter Osuský from Freedom and Solidarity (SaS). The presidential election is planned for spring 2014.

(Source: Sme, SITA)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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