If President Andrej Kiska, whose mandate ends on June 15, established his own political party, he would gain the support of as many as 40 percent of voters.
A poll, carried out by the AKO agency for the private news channel TA3, suggests that the party would certainly be supported by 9 percent of the respondents. 31 percent of respondents said they would probably vote for it.
“I feel hugely committed to this. 40 percent of people can imagine me continuing to be engaged in politics,” Kiska commented on the poll, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “I promised that I would do everything I can to ensure that Slovakia will have a decent and just government after the next parliamentary elections and I will keep that promise.”
New party before the parliamentary elections?
Approximately 36 percent of those taking part would certainly not vote for Kiska’s party and 19 percent would probably not vote for it, according to the poll conducted between March 27 and 28 on 1,000 respondents.
There is a demand for a party that would represent the right-wing voter, especially the more conservative ones, political analyst Aneta Világi told the Sme daily.
Kiska said in an interview with the Denník N daily that he would reveal the details of his project after leaving his presidential post. Not only the voters are curious, but the political parties also want to know what political issues will be competing for the trust of the voters in the general election scheduled for spring 2020.
Ivan Štefunko, chairman of the non-parliamentary Progressive Slovakia party, for example, on election night sent a message, via social media, to Kiska saying that he should not establish a new party. Štefunko later told Sme that he was only teasing.
1. Apr 2019 at 22:16 | Compiled by Spectator staff