Kiska: I’ll Set Up Party after Term as President Expires

President Andrej Kiska (stock photo by TASR)

Bratislava, April 3 (TASR) – President Andrej Kiska, whose term in office is due to expire in mid-June, announced in a video released on Wednesday morning that he’ll set up a political party within a few months.

“Slovakia wants change. We’ve won this [presidential] election, now we must win the general election. That’s why I’m going to set up a political party. I want to unite decent and willing people and change our country for the better,” said Kiska, adding that he has to be non-partisan as president, so he’ll release further information on the project on June 17.

The late-March presidential election was won by liberal community activist Zuzana Caputova, a member of relatively new party Progressive Slovakia. Kiska endorsed Caputova both in the first round of the presidential election and the run-off against Smer-SD-backed European Commission Vice-president Maros Sefcovic.

The next general election in Slovakia is due to take place in March 2020 – if the vote isn’t brought forward, possibly to this autumn, as some recent speculation has suggested.