Civil movement

Marta Kos named Freedom Movement candidate in fall presidential election

STA, June 28, 2022 – Marta Kos, vice president of the Freedom Movement, has officially announced her candidacy for the presidency of the republic. She will stand as her party’s candidate and hopes that the two coalition partners will support her as well.

The first of the candidates so far to stand with the support of a parliamentary party, Ms Kos said she was “proud to be a representative of the progressive forces that have restored the dignity of the people and hope for the future after two difficult years late”.

“I will be proud if I can continue to be the voice of a civil society that swears by solidarity, the common good and civic courage,” she said, adding that she would proudly represent Slovenia and would restore its reputation in Europe and around the world. reports.

“We know what disturbs us, troubles us and frightens us. The uncertain situation, the difficult times, the cruel war. But we also know what we are capable of doing and how to win, we know how to be proud of a job well done, trust in cooperation, kindness and solidarity,” she said.

Kos said she would be different from the incumbent, Borut Pahor, who decided not to be a moral authority.

Party chairman Prime Minister Robert Golob said it was time to “change the way the office of the president is exercised”.

“We need a president who can act as a moral compass…we want a president who can say what is right and what is wrong no matter who is in power; even if I am in power, we want the president as a corrective to the executive,” according to Golob, who added that it was high time for Slovenia to have a female president.

Born in 1965, Kos worked as a television journalist, including as a foreign correspondent from Germany, before heading the Government Communications Office under the Janez Drnovšek government in 1997-1999, after which she went on to first worked for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS) and then as a business coach.

In 2013 she was appointed Ambassador to Germany and in 2017 she became Ambassador to Switzerland, a position from which she resigned in 2020 due to differences of opinion with the Janez Janša government.

Since then she has been working as a business coach in Switzerland, where she met her current partner.

Kos is the third candidate to officially make this announcement after lawyer Nataša Pirc Musar and psychoanalyst Nina Krajnik. The Siol news portal announced today that Anže Logar, the former foreign minister, will also enter the race.

Asked about remarks that she and Pirc Musar were targeting the same group of voters, Kos said she respects all candidates. “We can all contribute to what Slovenia has been lacking in recent years – political culture.”

Indications that Kos would enter the race led Milan Kučan, the former president who backed Pirc Musar, to say that it is not good for one party to control the country’s most important posts.

Golob said those concerns were misguided. “I respect Mr. Kučan, but sometimes he even puts his foot in his mouth,” he said.