Bugar: I Don’t Expect Kiska to Run for Presidency Again

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Most-Hid leader Bela Bugar (stock photo by TASR)

Bratislava, January 7 (TASR) – Leader of the governing Most-Hid party Bela Bugar has told TASR that he doesn’t expect President Andrej Kiska to run for the presidency again.

Bugar declined to say at the moment what attitude Most-Hid will take regarding the presidential election and Kiska’s potential candidacy. “When the president decides what to do, we’ll take up a stace on it,” he said.Bugar declined to say at the moment what attitude Most-Hid will take regarding the presidential election and Kiska’s potential candidacy. “When the president decides what to do, we’ll take up a stace on it,” he said.

Bugar, who has been one of the most trusted politicians for many years, hasn’t considered standing for the post of president himself. “I haven’t been thinking about things like that. The party is yet to mull over what strategy to choose,” he said. Although Most-Hid preferred coalitions with the co-governing Slovak National Party (SNS) and Smer-SD in the regional elections in 2017, the three parties probably won’t run jointly in the presidential election.

“Smer-SD and SNS want to present their own candidates, so we’ll have to decide what is better for us and where our party sees itself in the future. “However, it’s still far off,” stated Bugar, noting that the presidential election will be held in 2019.

“We’re currently dealing with the local elections,” said the Most-Hid leader. Basic party organisations will have to say what’s best for them in these contests. “We won’t hamper them. There will be various coalitions,” stated Bugar, adding that Most-Hid sees no reason to put forward a candidate for the post of Bratislava mayor.