Parliamentary Chairman Danko Rules Out His Presidential Candidacy

Parliamentary Chairman Andrej Danko (photo by TASR)

Antalya/Bratislava, October 9 (TASR correspondent) – Parliamentary Chairman Andrej Danko (Slovak National Party/SNS), who is currently participating in the third summit of parliamentary speakers from Eurasian countries in Antalya (Turkey), ruled out his candidacy in next year’s presidential election at a press conference he gave to Slovak journalists on Tuesday.

Danko reacted to a journalist’s question concerning Sunday’s statement made by SNS vice-chair Anton Hrnko who didn’t rule out Danko’s candidacy, adding that his party boss hasn’t yet taken a clear position on the issue and that the party bodies haven’t yet discussed this possibility, either.

According to Danko’s latest statement, SNS will strive to come up with its own candidate in the presidential election. “SNS is a parliamentary party, it has 15 MPs and it must have its candidate in the first round,” stated Danko, adding he himself is not considering the candidacy. He rather focuses on the general elections, due to be held in 2020, in which he’ll try to gain an even bigger mandate for his party.

“I think that I should still fight for higher support in the general elections at my age,” added Danko, admitting he might consider his presidential candidacy when he’ll be more grey.