Bratislava, July 3 (TASR) – By supporting selected candidates, the ‘For a Decent Slovakia’ initiative has joined the campaign for the upcoming local elections and shown its true colours in an outrageous manner, claimed Smer-SD chair Robert Fico at a press conference on Tuesday.
Fico dubbed representatives of the initiative ‘children of Soros’ [a reference to Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros, whom Fico paints as a nefarious behind-the-scenes influence attempting to orchestrate a coup – ed.note].
“I’ve been saying from the very beginning that this has been clear abuse of the murder of a journalist [Jan Kuciak] and that there’s been a high level of organisation behind these [protest] events. They pretended that theirs was a nice initiative completely unrelated to politics, but they duped everyone. If they wish to join the political competition, let them found a political party, but don’t illicitly transform a civil initiative into a political movement like this,” said Fico, adding that it would be really bad if Slovakia were governed by foreign financiers instead of properly elected Slovak politicians.
Fico emphasised that Smer-SD is the most successful political party in the history of modern Slovakia and that statements by the ‘For a Decent Slovakia’ initiative that it wouldn’t support a candidate endorsed by Smer-SD are irrelevant. “What these children of Soros claim doesn’t matter; we’re geared up to garner a good result in the local elections, we want to win a parliamentary election again and form the next government,” he declared.
The ‘For a Decent Slovakia’ initiative has expressed its support in the municipal elections slated to be held in autumn this year for Bratislava mayor candidate Matus Vallo, Nitra mayor candidate Marek Hattas and Zilina mayor candidate Peter Fiabane. The initiative said that these candidates have agreed to their vision entitled ‘Decent Towns and Villages of Slovakia’, that they are transparent, and that they call for people to be able to participate in public affairs even after the election.