BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — The speaker of Slovakia’s Parliament, Peter Pellegrini, a detailed ally of populist Prime Minister Robert Fico, introduced on Friday he’ll run for president.
Pellegrini, 48, is taken into account a favourite within the race for the largely ceremonial submit, in response to public polls. Zuzana Čaputová, the nation’s first feminine president, determined to not search reelection.
The primary spherical of the election is scheduled for March 23.
Pellegrini, who favors a powerful function for the state in society, heads the left-wing Hlas (Voice) occasion that completed third within the Sept 30 parliamentary election. His occasion shaped a ruling coalition with Fico’s leftist Smer (Route) occasion and the ultranationalist Slovak Nationwide Occasion.
Pellegrini, who was Fico’s former deputy in Smer, grew to become prime minister in 2018 after Fico was compelled to resign following main anti-government road protests ensuing from the 2018 killing of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancee.
Pellegrini parted methods with Fico after the scandal-tainted Smer misplaced the earlier election in 2020.
He beforehand served as deputy prime minister (2016-18) and training minister (2014) in Fico’s earlier governments and was speaker within the Slovak Parliament, also called the Nationwide Council, in 2014-16.
Former Overseas Minister Ivan Korčok, a pro-Western profession diplomat, is predicted to be Pellegrini’s essential rival within the presidential vote.
The opposite notable candidates embrace one other former international minister, Jan Kubiš; the top of the Slovak Nationwide Occasion, Andrej Danko; and far-right politician Marian Kotleba.
Čaputová has been a transparent pro-Western voice in Slovak politics and a staunch supporter of Ukraine in its battle in opposition to Russia’s full-scale invasion.
However Pellegrini’s occasion is a part of Fico’s coalition that ended the nation’s army help for Ukraine.