Will Andrej Kiska run for president again? Recently, media reports citing their own sources, which include both opposition and coalition members, have been debating whether Kiska will stand again. Allegedly he is already gradually announcing his decision not to stand to the representatives of the political parties. Family reasons are thought to be behind his decision and it has been said that the public will be officially informed in March.
So, what can we say about Kiska’s candidacy, what can we guess and why is some caution advisable?
What do we know now about Kiska’s presidency and his next candidacy?
Andrej Kiska is one of the most popular politicians there has been for a long time. In the most recent Focus agency poll, he placed first for two different questions: In the case where respondents were asked to spontaneously choose the name of a politician they trusted, he gained 23.4 percent of votes and came just ahead of Prime Minister Robert Fico. For the second question, when respondents were asked to select those they felt most trustworthy from a list of politicians’ names, a total of 52.6 percent expressed their trust in him.
This is one of the reasons why it would be only natural, if a president with such popularity ratings were to run again. So far, no strong challenger has appeared, and a president who vies for re-election has the natural advantage of “being a known quantity”.
It is also much easier for him to campaign. A good example, however narrow, is the re-election of Miloš Zeman in the Czech Republic.
When will Kiska announce his decision?
Andrej Kiska has said in the past that he would announce his decision on whether to run again, or not, by September 2018 at the latest.
“Asked about my political future: I will not found any political party. I will not run for parliament and, of course, I am not considering the position of prime minister. Whether I will run again as an independent, non-party candidate for president – I will tell you all by the end of September of next year, at the latest,” he wrote last April on Facebook. The President’s Office has already hinted that the announcement of his decision on running for president may be brought forward.
- The presidential election takes place usually in March, and the Speaker of Parliament has to announce it 55 days before it takes place, at the latest.
- Candidates for president are proposed by at least 15 MPs or citizens eligible to elect deputies for parliament, based on a petition with 15,000 valid signatures.
- Then-Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška announced the last presidential election December 19, and it took place on March 15.
- If no candidate is elected in the first round with an absolute majority of votes of all citizens eligible to cast their vote, a second round follows.
Do meetings with leaders indicate anything?
Andrej Kiska has been meeting the leaders of political parties in recent weeks and has allegedly expressed his decision not to run again for the presidential post. So far no party leader has confirmed this directly.