PAVOL Hrušovský was born on June 9, 1952 in the southern-Slovak municipality of Veľká Maňa, in the district of Nové Zámky. He is a lawyer by profession, and a graduate of the law school of Comenius University in Bratislava.
In 1990, he went into politics as a member of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH). Hrušovský started as a representative in the federal assembly in 1990, and after the elections in 1992 became an MP of the Slovak national parliament. When the era of Vladimír Mečiar ended in 1998, Hrušovský was part of the ruling coalition led by prime minister Mikuláš Dzurinda, serving as deputy speaker of parliament.
Since then, when the KDH was part of the ruling coalition, Hrušovský was never considered for a cabinet post, but he always held an important post in parliament. In 2002-2006 he served as the speaker of parliament. Under the Radičová government he was the deputy speaker, and after the fall of the government in October 2011, he replaced Richard Sulík in the post of the speaker, which he held until the March 2012 elections.
Since 1999 he was a deputy chair of KDH and in 2000 he was elected as chairman to replace Ján Čarnogurský, now one of his competitors in the presidential race. Hrušovský chaired the KDH until 2009, when he was replaced by the current chairman, former EU commissioner Ján Figeľ.
Hrušovský entered the race with the support of the KDH and Most-Híd, while the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) was the last of the People’s Platform trio to join in supporting him as a candidate.
Hrušovský’s campaign runs under the slogan “The choice of the right”.
24. Feb 2014 at 0:00 | Michaela Terenzani