Ljubljana – Nina Krajnik, a philosopher and psychoanalyst, has announced she is entering the presidential race. She will run as an independent but will accept endorsement by like-minded political parties.
“I am making it official and public. I will run for president of the republic in the autumn election,” the 37-year-old told the press on Monday.
Krajnik says her politics is different since she is creating space for “everybody’s truth and desire.”
She says people who would vote for her are neither left nor right but “can open their eyes to social reality” and “do not buy into diverse attempts at brainwashing.”
Her desire is to connect people. “If we do not stand together during crisis, we are never together.”
Krajnik has received endorsement from prominent conservative figures including former Constitutional Court judges Peter Jambrek, who she said “opened her eyes to the candidacy,” and Jože Jerovšek.
The author Gabriela Babnik Outarra, ski jumper Lovro Kos and physicist Bojan Kambrič have endorsed her as well.
The spouse of Moravče Mayor Milan Balažic, Krajnik has not had much of a public profile until a recent TV interview during which she attacked the 1990s left for having privatised public property.
“Privatisers” is also how she recently described on Twitter two other candidates for president, Marta Kos and Nataša Pirc Musar.
After the interview, many prominent figures on the right started elevating her public profile on social media.
Krajnik holds a PhD in philosophy and an MA in cultural studies. She is currently head of a department of Lacanian psychoanalysis at the University of Sigmund Freud – Ljubljana.
One newspaper commentator recently described her as the first proper alt-right candidate in Slovenia.