Zeman invites new Slovak President Kiska to Prague


31.03.2014 17:17

Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman has congratulated Andrej Kiska on his victory in the Slovak presidential election run-off, held on Saturday, and he has invited the new president to Prague, Zeman´s spokesman Jiri Ovcacek told CTK today.


Prezident Miloš Zeman. ČTK Kamaryt Michal

In the letter sent to Kiska, Zeman noted that Czechs and Slovaks had special relations. He said he believes that he and Kiska will continue with the successful cooperation between the two nations.

Kiska, an unaffiliated philanthropist and businessman, comfortably won the election with 59.38 percent of the vote, compared with 40.61 percent gained by his rival, Prime Minister Robert Fico (Smer-Social Democracy).

According to Slovak opinion polls, Fico has been the most popular politician in the country for a long time.

Zeman supported Fico before the run-off vote last week, pointing to the fact that both of them are left-wing politicians.

He also drew an analogy between Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babis, billionaire and leader of the centrist ANO movement, and Kiska. Zeman said some voters seem to believe that entrepreneurs who are successful in business will succeed in politics, too.

Kiska will replace outgoing President Ivan Gasparovic in mid-June.

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has already congratulated Kiska on being elected new president. Kiska has also received congratulations from EU President Herman Van Rompuy and EC President Jose Manuel Barroso.

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