Ivan Šimko (born January 1, 1955, Bratislava) is Slovak politician and former defence minister.[1]

Ivan Šimko
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Ivan Šimko in 2002
Member of the National Council of the Slovak Republic
Slovak National Council until December 31, 1992
In office
September 24, 2003 – July 4, 2006
In office
December 13, 1994 – May 15, 2001
6th Minister of Defence of Slovakia
In office
October 15, 2002 – September 24, 2003
Preceded byJozef Stank
Succeeded byJuraj Liška
6th Interior Minister of Slovakia
In office
May 15, 2001 – October 15, 2002
Preceded byLadislav Pittner
Succeeded byVladimír Palko
Personal details
Born (1955-01-01) January 1, 1955 (age 67)
Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
NationalitySlovak
Political partyChristian Democratic Movement
Other political
affiliations
Christian Democratic Movement (1990–2000)
Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (2000–04)
Free Forum (2004)
Mission 21 – New Christian Democracy (2004–10)
Alma materUniverzita Komenského, Bratislava

A founding member of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) in 1990, Šimko left to co-found the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union in 2000. After a disagreement with Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda, he led a group of MPs to form the Free Forum in January 2004. He surprisingly lost the party's leadership election two months later to Zuzana Martináková, and he left in October 2004 to form Mission 21 – New Christian Democracy. In May 2010, he returned to the Christian Democratic Movement.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jurinová, Martina (May 22, 2006). "Making sense of Slovak politics". The Slovak Spectator. Retrieved November 16, 2010.