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Andrej Kiska

Andrej Kiska
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
Poprad, Czechoslovakia
(now Slovakia)
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Martina Kisková
Children Andrej
Natália
Veronika
Viktor
Alma mater Slovak University of
Technology
Website Official website

Andrej Kiska (born 2 February 1963) is a Slovak entrepreneur 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]

Entrepreneurial career

Kiska was born in Poprad. He studied electrical engineering. In 1990, after the Velvet Revolution, he moved to the United States.[4] Later he founded Triangel and Quatro,[5] 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.[6]

Philanthropy

In 2006, Kiska co-founded a [8]

Election as President

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.[9] He took office on 15 June 2014.[10]

Foreign policy

Andrej Kiska supports Kosovo independence and is in favour of Slovakia diplomatically recognising Kosovo as an independent sovereign state.[11][12] Kiska has also come out against Russia over the Ukraine conflict and supports sanctions. [13] [14] [15] [16]

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External links

  • Official website (Slovak)
Political offices
Preceded by
Ivan Gašparovič
President of Slovakia
2014–present
Incumbent


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