Rasi Replaces Madaric as Smer-SD Vice-chairman

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New Smer-SD vice-chairman Richard Rasi smiling at the pulpit, party chairman Robert Fico and vice-chairman Juraj Blanar jolly in the background. (Photo by TASR)

Martin, December 9 (TASR) – Kosice mayor and MP Richard Rasi was elected Smer-SD vice-chairman at the party congress in Martin (Zilina region) on Saturday to replace Culture Minister Marek Madaric, who resigned from the post recently in response to what he called a failure of the party in the November regional elections.


“Thank you for your trust and I also thank Marek Madaric for what he did in his post. Marek, I love you as a human person loves a human person,” said Rasi in his speech.

Rasi, who was recently defeated in the governorship race in Kosice region, said that he wants to serve as a link between regions, the party leadership and the national Government.

He was nominated for the post by party chief Robert Fico, who described him as a figure with good prospects for the future.