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Confusion arises over Fico’s religious background

A STRICT Catholic education, including the participation in sacraments, with priests and nuns among his relatives, was what Robert Fico, who is running as the presidential candidate of his Smer party, chose to stress about his childhood in a promotional video interview with his party colleague, Culture Minister Marek Maďarič.

A STRICT Catholic education, including the participation in sacraments, with priests and nuns among his relatives, was what Robert Fico, who is running as the presidential candidate of his Smer party, chose to stress about his childhood in a promotional video interview with his party colleague, Culture Minister Marek Maďarič.

In the video, Fico said he considered himself a Catholic, and with regard to his Catholic background, even some of the members of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) would not stand a chance when compared to him.

These statements stand in contrast to Fico’s application for membership in the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, a document dating back to the1980s, which the Sme daily obtained from Prague-based archives and published in its January 18 issue.

In it, Fico, who at that time worked at the Comenius University’s law school, from which he earlier graduated, described himself as a rigid atheist. He wrote in his CV, which was part of the application, that he holds a strictly atheist view, Sme wrote.

Fico did not mention his Communist Party membership in the promotional video, nor is it mentioned on the Government Office website.

Fico declined to comment for Sme about his application to the Communist Party, since he refuses to communicate with the daily until it apologises for what he calls lies they published about him in the past. Fico however addressed the issue on January 18 at the private Markiza TV channel. He said that he was only describing facts from his childhood, adding that he has never denied his membership in the Communist party.

Source: Sme

Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports
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