Prime Minister Robert Fico made an entrance to the election campaign in Nagyszombat County (Trnavský kraj). Once at it, he immediately slapped the Hungarian card to the table with a loud clack on this week.
Tibor Mikuš, the president of the County and József Berényi, the president of MKP made it to the second round of the elections in Nagyszombat County. The origin Hungarian József Berényi is supported by MKP, Híd and OKS, while Tibor Mikuš, who is an independent candidate, is endorsed by Smer (Direction – Social Democracy Party) and some small parties.
Fico attended an election rally to support Tibor Mikuš, a Smer party candidate in Nagyszombat (Trnava). He said that people should come to vote for their own candidate to head the county, because we lived in Slovakia. “If you don’t come, others will” – he added. He did reject, however, that he was playing the Hungarian card.
“If Híd (Bridge Party) and MKP (Hungarian Community Party) sends us the message that they will hold together in these elections to elect a Hungarian reeve in Nagyszombat, in a Slovak town, then my answer is: let us, Slovaks of Slovakian political parties, hold together, too and elect Tibor Mikuš to head Nagyszombat County.”- the PM said.
At the rally, Mikuš was also supported by Renáta Zmajkovičová, Smer’s Deputy Speaker of the Slovakian Parliament, who asked citizens to come and vote.
The second round will take place tomorrow. Berényi got 14 339 votes in the first round, which means 18.33%. Mikuš was supported by 31 310 voters, who made up 40.04 per cent.