As everyone expected, Prime Minister Robert Fico today announced his candidacy for the post of president in the 2014 Presidential Elections, with his persistent popularity standing him well for a chance of winning.
Till now PM Fico and his Smer-SD party were refusing to confirm or reject Fico’s candidacy, and now that the cat is out of the bag, the real populist race can begin. There is a real threat now, that Robert Fico and his ‘Smerry’ men will have control of the posts of Prime Minister, President and the Parliamentary Chair, not to mention their long-attested and mutually convenient ties with Supreme Court Chairman Stefan Harabin.
Saying that, the relationship between the ruling Smer-SD party and current President Ivan Gasparovic has always run very smoothly, as the president swayed and bent as required on various issues, such as the highly contested fiasco surrounding the Attorney General post, now also held by nominee of the Smer-SD party, Jaromir Ciznar.
So all in all it is safe to say that Prime Minister Robert Fico and his ever-popular Smer-SD party essentially have complete control over the Slovak Republic, and should Mr Fico become the next President, then it would just be the cherry on an otherwise already huge cake.
Those hoping to prevent Fico from occupying the crucial post include MP Pavol Hrusovsky and former prime minister Jan Carnogursky both from the Christian democrat stables (KDH), Andrej Kiska, successful entrepreneur and philanthropist, MP Radoslav Prochazka (also formerly KDH) and the well-known actor Milan Knazko, who was one of the leading voices in the 1989 Velvet Revolution.
With such a splintered political right wing who have no real consensus on presidential candidates, Mr Fico’s chances of completing the checkmate look ever more likely, with the autocratic situation dispelling any real chance of a true and healthy democracy.