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Liberal favorite leads in Slovak presidential election

The liberal lawyer Zuzana Caputova, the Slovak presidential elections, their role as favorites. After counting more than 80 percent of the vote, the 45-Year-old was 40 percent of the vote, clearly ahead of the EU Commissioner Maros Sefcovic.

The Figures announced by the election Commission in the night on Sunday. Sefcovic was nominated by the ruling social Democrats and came in around 19 percent. The two are likely in a runoff election on may 30. March compete against each other.

Not excluded appeared, however, that instead of Sefcovic but still the right-wing populist Stefan Harabin in the runoff could come. He came to the part results to 15 per cent. Also, the right-wing extremist Marian Kotleba reached with eleven percent of its opponents feared a strong result. Unlike the Pro-European candidate Caputova and Sefcovic Harabin and Kotleba in the election campaign, had criticised the EU's refugee policy.

The turnout was 47 percent. The preliminary result was expected in the course of the night, the official result should be announced on Sunday at noon.

Mainly representative tasks

The Slovak head of state has mostly representative tasks. In the case of a government crisis, a crucial role comes to him.

In a first, the opinion on the Slovak media Caputova explained their success as a result of a social desire for change. However, if the preliminary Figures, positive sowing, it was necessary to wait for the final results of the counting.

Of TV channels interviewed political scientists agreed that Caputova have spotted that you performances in the media also to tricky questions, clear answers given. Even in the Catholic electorate, their tolerance had arrived towards sexual minorities is better than the evasive responses of Sefcovic.

choice of murder affected

The choice was influenced by the murder of the investigative journalist, Jan Kuciak, a year ago. The 27-Year-old had researched via Links of dubious entrepreneurs to government employees. His posthumously lights last article sparked mass demonstrations and ultimately the overthrow of the government of long-time Prime Minister Robert Fico published. Caputova had managed to make it to the hopes of a large part of these Protesters.

Also with the protesters openly sympathising with the government in the conflict-standing previous President Andrej Kiska called for the election Caputovas. He had already announced last year, to run for a second term. Its at that time indicated plans to establish instead a new party, but may fail. Kiska has lost by revelations about land speculation prior to his tenure, and a tax affair to the costs of his election campaign, much of his earlier popularity. (chk/sda)

Created: 17.03.2019, 01:27 PM

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