Slovakia’s far-right leader to run for president next year

May 31, 2018
FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 file photo, Banska Bystrica governor and far-right political leader Marian Kotleba speaks to journalists after casting his vote during the Slovak regional elections in Banska Bystrica, Central Slovakia. The chairman of Slovakia's neo-Nazi parliamentary party says he will be running for the post of the country’s president at next year’s presidential election it was reported on Thursday, May 31, 2018. Kotleba heads People's Party Our Slovakia, which openly admires the Nazi puppet state that the country was during World War II. (Jan Miskovsky/CTK via AP, File)

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The chairman of Slovakia’s neo-Nazi parliamentary party says he will be running in next year’s presidential election.

Marian Kotleba heads People’s Party Our Slovakia, which openly admires Slovakia’s time as a Nazi puppet state during World War II. Party members use Nazi salutes, consider NATO a terror group and want the country out of the alliance and the European Union.

Kotleba’s party has 14 lawmakers in the 150-seat parliament.

Kotlaba says he has accepted his party’s decision to nominate him as a candidate for the largely ceremonial post. The election is scheduled for the spring.

For now, there’s no a clear front-runner for the post, after President Andrej Kiska announced earlier this month he won’t be seeking a second term.

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