Andrej Kiska

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Andrej Kiska
Andrej Kiska in Senate of Poland.jpg
4th President of Slovakia
Assumed office
15 June 2014
Prime Minister Robert Fico
Preceded by Ivan Gašparovič
Personal details
Born (1963-02-02) 2 February 1963 (age 54)
Poprad, Czechoslovakia
(now Slovakia)
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Martina Kisková
Children 5
Alma mater Slovak University of
Technology
Website Official website

Andrej Kiska (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈandrej ˈkiska]; born 2 February 1963) is a Slovak entrepreneur, writer and philanthropist who has been President of Slovakia since 2014. He ran as an independent candidate in the 2014 presidential election and was elected as President in a second round of voting.[1][2][3] He wrote two books about happiness, successes and his life. He is beeing given appointments by respected world personalities, including Madleine Albright and Goerge Soros.[4]

Entrepreneurial career[edit]

Kiska was born in Poprad. He studied electrical engineering. His father was an active member of ruling Communist Party of Czecho-Slovakia. He also applied for Communist party membership, but was rejected. [5]

In 1990, after the Velvet Revolution, he moved to the United States.[6] Later he founded Triangel and Quatro,[7] two Slovakia-based hire-purchase companies that give the buyer the possibility to pay for goods in several installments over a number of months instead of paying the full price at once.[8]

Tax authorities accused his co-owned company KTAG (with his brother Jaroslav) of tax non-compliance and under-payments, regarding expenses for his presidential campaign. Company eventually agreed, paid the taxes and penalty. [9][10]

Philanthropy[edit]

In 2006, Kiska co-founded a non-profit charitable organization called Dobrý anjel (translated as Good Angel), in which donors help families that have found themselves in a difficult financial situation as a result of a family member contracting a serious disease (such as cancer).[7][11] By 2016, more than 170,000 people have donated to this organization in Slovakia.[12] In 2014 Good Angel expanded their activities also to Czech Republic, where 60.000 are paying their monthly contributions in 2016.[13]

In addition to that, Kiska donates his monthly presidential salary to people in need.

Election as President[edit]

In the first round of the 2014 presidential election, Kiska placed second with 24% of the vote, behind Prime Minister Robert Fico (28%). As none of candidates got more than 50% of votes, Kiska and Fico progressed to a presidential runoff vote on 29 March 2014. Kiska won decisively in the second round, receiving nearly 60% of the vote.[14] He took office on 15 June 2014.[15]

Foreign policy[edit]

Andrej Kiska supports Kosovo independence and is in favour of Slovakia diplomatically recognising Kosovo as an independent sovereign state.[16][17] Kiska has also come out against Russia over the Ukraine conflict and supports sanctions.[18][19][20][21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Slovak PM Fico, political novice advance to run-off presidential vote". Reuters. 16 March 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Slováci volí prezidenta. Fica ohrožuje filantrop Kiska" (in Czech). Týden. 15 March 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Kandidát na prezidenta Andrej Kiska: Najvyšším zmyslom života je pomáhať druhým!" (in Slovak). Topky.sk. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20139032/leading-politicians-meet-at-security-conference-in-bratislava.html
  5. ^ https://domov.sme.sk/c/7154011/podnikatel-filantrop-a-uz-aj-prezident-andrej-kiska.html
  6. ^ "Novým slovenským prezidentem bude Andrej Kiska" (in Czech). novinky.cz. 29 March 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Andrej Kiska - životopis" (in Slovak). DatabazeKnih. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Hire-purchase definition". Investopedia. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ http://hnonline.sk/slovensko/1025396-kiska-sklamal-transparency-vyhovorky-mal-prijat-zodpovednost-a-ospravedlnit-sa
  10. ^ https://domov.sme.sk/c/20647309/kiska-bol-som-presvedceny-ze-firma-kona-spravne.html
  11. ^ "Čo je systém Dobrý anjel" (in Slovak). Dobrý anjel. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Zoznam Dobrých anjelov" (in Slovak). Dobrý anjel. March 1, 2014. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  13. ^ "DOBRÝ ANDĚL, nadace". DOBRÝ ANDĚL. Retrieved 2016-08-09. 
  14. ^ "Millionaire Andrej Kiska elected first Slovak president with no communist past", Telegraph Online, 30 March 2014, accessed 30 March 2014.
  15. ^ "Andrej Kiska inaugurated as Slovakian president". Europe Online Magazine. 15 June 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Milioner na čelu Slovačke". B92. 2014-03-30. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  17. ^ "Parteiloser Millionär wird slowakischer Präsident". Die Welt. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  18. ^ "Slovak president rejects PM’s negative view of Russian sanctions". The Prague Post. 2014-08-15. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-04-02. 
  19. ^ "Slovak President Kiska: EU Must Stand United on Russia". The Wall Street Journal. 2015-02-04. Retrieved 2015-04-02. 
  20. ^ "Slovakian President Andrej Kiska meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg". Ukraine Today. 2015-03-03. Retrieved 2015-04-02. 
  21. ^ "President will not go to Moscow". The Slovak Spectator. 2015-03-18. Retrieved 2015-04-02. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ivan Gašparovič
President of Slovakia
2014–present
Incumbent