Danko Won’t Run for President, SNS to Put Female Candidate Instead

SNS chairman Andrej Danko and party vice-chair Eva Smolikova at a ceremonial congress in Presov. (Photo by TASR)

Presov, June 9 (TASR) – Parliamentary Chairman Andrej Danko, speaking at a congress of his Slovak National Party (SNS) in Presov on Saturday, announced that he won’t run for president in the 2019 elections, and he’d like to place a woman in the race instead.

“I want to do everything possible to see a female candidate, one of our women. Don’t want to hear from me her name, however; I know what she’d have to face then. Nevertheless, I believe that SNS needs to have its candidate, while I myself feel to be too young for this post and at the same time I still need to fight a bit to make SNS progressing,” said Danko, 43.

“I have a goal – to be successful with SNS, mainly in the 2020 general election, attempt to gain more power and be able to carry out system changes in society,” said the parliamentary chairman, stating that Slovakia should undergo a similar reform as SNS has done under his leadership by expelling all wrongdoers and thieves. “This is how order should be made in Slovakia,” added Danko.

Meanwhile, the SNS chief announced that the party’s structures in individual districts will have their hands free for the municipal elections due to take place in late autumn.