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June 11, 2014

New Slovak president ready to give his salary to the poor

Philanthropist who takes over as head of state over the weekend has revealed more details

Bratislava, June 11 (ČTK) — Businessman and philanthropist Andrej Kiska, who won the March presidential elections in Slovakia, repeated in an interview with the SITA news agency that he wants to divide his salary among families in distress.

Kiska will be sworn in June 15.

“At the very beginning, I will face a number of problems: the judiciary, constitutional judges, unfinished election of the Supreme Court chairman,” Kiska said.

“This is why I often consult constitutional lawyers, meet judges and discuss all the problems,” said Kiska, who will replace President Ivan Gašparovič.

Immediately after his inauguration, Kiska will attend a meeting of the Visegrád Four (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) in Budapest in the presence of German President Joachim Gauck.

Kiska, 51, who surprisingly defeated Prime Minister Robert Fico (Smer-Social Democracy), said earlier he wanted to give his salary to charity.

Now he has unveiled some details.

“I plan to connect with the biggest charity organizations, such as the the Anti-Cancer League, Plamienok (Little Flame) and Dobrý anjel (Good Angel),” Kiska said. “I want the people who know the families that are in distress and for whom the state is unable to provide care to choose those among whom my salary should be divided.”

“If possible, I will gladly meet at least some of them,” he added.

Kiska himself is the founder of the Good Angel charity. He confirmed that his wife would devote her efforts to their children rather than playing the role of first lady.

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