Prominent Velvet Revolution personality launches presidential petition

NOTED Slovak actor Milan Kňažko, known as one of the tribunes of the Velvet Revolution, and for serving as culture minister in the 1990s, has launched a petition to support his presidential candidacy in the 2014 election.

NOTED Slovak actor Milan Kňažko, known as one of the tribunes of the Velvet Revolution, and for serving as culture minister in the 1990s, has launched a petition to support his presidential candidacy in the 2014 election.

Kňažko has so far only sent out emails asking people to support him and send their signatures to his address.

He claims to have started collecting signatures so as to meet all requirements stipulated by the law in the event that he decides to run, he told the Sme daily. He said he would make his decision within a few weeks.

Some observers expected him to announce his candidacy on the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution on November 17.

“I am close to a decision now, but I would not say it is a positive decision,” Kňažko said, as quoted by Sme.

Some observers have said he might have a chance in the election if he decides to run, according to Sme.

The list of official presidential candidates now includes Pavol Hrušovský, running with the support of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and Most-Híd, Peter Osuský (Freedom and Solidarity), and civic candidates Radoslav Procházka, Andrej Kiska, Ján Čarnogurský, Milan Melník, Rastislav Blaško, and Jozef Behýl.

Smer has still not announced its candidate. Prime Minister Robert Fico has been unclear about his intentions but has not explicitly ruled out his candidacy.

The Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) has still not supported any of the candidates. They are hesitant about Hrušovský, who aspired to be the candidate of the entire People’s Platform (which includes the KDH, Most-Híd and the SDKÚ), but observers say the SDKÚ might even be inclined to support Kňažko.

Source: Sme

Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports
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