It must be nice to be the sister of the notorious deep state operative Drago Kos. Namely, Marta Kos, who is doing everything in her power to get to the presidency with the help of Golob’s Freedom Movement party (Gibanje Svoboda), has, following the example of the other presidential candidates, now revealed her financial situation: from real estate, savings, and half a million euros in her pension fund. Quite an enviable fortune!
Marta Kos, who in the past was speculated to be the one to take the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs in Golob’s government, revealed not long ago, in light of the upcoming presidential elections, that she wants to become the first female President of the Republic of Slovenia. On her website, Kos recently disclosed her assets, which include her bank savings of 84 thousand euros and 161 thousand Swiss francs. On top of that, she has 460,244 euros in securities and capital investments.
Kos, a former ambassador to Germany and Switzerland, also has half a million euros in her pension fund. She is said to have made this money by selling two properties – an apartment in Ravne na Koroškem after the death of her parents and half of a house in Ljubljana after her divorce. According to the Surveying and Mapping Authority, she also owns a flat in Ljubljana worth 147,691 euros (it is not entirely clear what kind of a flat is it, as one-bedroom flats can reach higher prices these days) and a 2014 Audi A6 Avant car. According to the Siol web portal, Kos, who owns and runs the “KOS CONSULTING & COACHING” company in Geneva, is not said to own any precious metals, cryptocurrencies, boats or valuable works of art.
According to the results of a public opinion poll conducted by the Mediana company, Golob’s candidate for the President of the Republic would not make it to the second round of the elections. The two candidates that would make it to the second round would likely be lawyer Nataša Pirc Musar, who would have received 29.6 percent of the vote, and Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) Mp Anže Logar, who would have received 24.3 percent of the vote. Musar, unlike Kos, enjoys the support of the last head of the Communist Party of Slovenia, Milan Kučan, which, however, is not going down well with members of Golob’s party. When asked about Kučan’s support, Prime Minister Robert Golob said that Kučan also makes mistakes sometimes.
Kos has also recently responded to Kučan’s belief that it is not good for one party to hold the three most important offices in the country – namely, the positions of Speaker of the National Assembly, Prime Minister and President of the Republic. Kos was quite offended by his view and pointed out that there is no law or provision in Slovenia which stipulates that the candidate for the position of President of the Republic of Slovenia should not belong to any party. “From the point of view of the separation of powers, it is crucial that all actors respect the separation of powers and strictly respect the existing boundaries. However, this is a matter of personal ethics and political responsibility, not of belonging to a certain political option,” she pointed out, making it clear that she considers such thinking to be somewhat undemocratic and that she has basically been eliminated from the presidential race in advance.
She can definitely rely on her influential brother
Kos’s resentment probably stems from her background and previous work – namely, she served as secretary-general to Kučan’s lobby group Forum 21 for years and played key operational roles in the organisation. Given Kučan’s previous roles, one is justified in questioning Kučan’s concern about the systemic acceptability of Kos becoming the President of the Republic. It is much more likely that this is actually an attempt by the deep state to ensure that Golob’s influence does not spread too far. Either way, Kos can rely on her brother’s support in the media. Namely, Drago Kos, who is considered to be one of the godfathers of the Patria affair, is often described as the supreme editor of POP TV’s news programme because his wife is actually the editor-in-chief of the programme in question.
Kos’s presidential candidacy came as a surprise to many, given that she has a new partner in Switzerland and that she claimed last year that she was not really interested in politics. But she clearly no longer wants to play the role of some kind of godmother from the background. But if she wants to become President, she will have to roll up her sleeves and get to work in the electoral base of the left, where Pirc Musar – who also has an enviable fortune of more than half a million euros, which also includes her Russian dacha – will be garnering votes.