STA, 6 July 2022 - Slovenian musician and charity co-founder Gregor Bezenšek has officially announced his bid for the autumn presidential election. He will run as an independent, vowing to go "sky-high" for people's benefit.
Bezenšek, who has been campaigning for treatment of children with rare diseases, hopes to modernise the presidential office, overcome divisions and strengthen the Slovenian national identity through music if elected.
He pledged to especially protect the rights of the most vulnerable, and to perform his duties with empathy and sincere determination.
Bezenšek promises to speak up when a firm position of the president is needed. "I have no intention of looking away, too often it seemed like the children were fighting and the father was watching TV," he said.
He believes Slovenia needs a strong leader with a backbone who has shown resilience in the face of adversity.
Bezenšek, whose stage name is SoulGreg Artist, has founded the charity Viljem Julijan Association for Children with Rare Diseases together with his wife after they lost their son to a rare incurable disease.
Other candidates to announce their bids for the autumn presidential election so far are vice-president of the Freedom Movement party Marta Kos, former Foreign Minister Anže Logar, lawyer Nataša Pirc Musar and psychoanalyst Nina Krajnik. Kočevje Mayor Vladimir Prebilič will present his bid on Thursday.
Like Bezenšek, most plan to collect 5,000 voter signatures in support of their bids.