Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) defector and former culture minister Daniel Krajcer will run for the post of the head of Bratislava Self-Governing Region in the autumn regional elections. Chairman of the NOVA movement (which Krajcer joined recently) Daniel Lipšic officially introduced their candidate on Monday, July 8.
He said that the movement decided to field its own nominee because there is a general impression that the current head of the county, Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) Chairman Pavol Frešo, would likely lose the fight for the position that he currently holds. Lipšic said, as quoted by the SITA newswire, that Krajcer is prepared to support a centre-right candidate in the second round of regional elections, including the current Bratislava region chairman Frešo. Lipšic explained that the movement decided for its own candidate because citizens of the Bratislava Region need a change, as perceived at meetings with voters and according to several surveys, too.
"After the right and centre-right parties lost the city, now they face the threat of losing also the Bratislava Region [to the ruling leftist Smer party]. The old right lost some 60,000 votes in parliamentary elections a year ago only in the Bratislava Region – compared to the elections from two years ago. Of this figure, 50,000 were SDKÚ supporters", argued Lipšic as quoted by SITA.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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9. Jul 2013 at 14:00