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Liberal lawyer is the first President of Slovakia

The liberal civil lawyer Zuzana Caputova has won the presidential election in Slovakia clear. Thus, there is a woman in Slovakia for the first time in the state tip. It represents a pro-European line.

After the midday on Sunday published the official final result, the 45-Year-old reached in the decisive second ballot, 58.4 percent of the votes.

her opponent in the runoff election, the ruling social Democrats nominated EU Commissioner Maros Sefcovic, came to 41.6 percent. The turnout was 41.8 percent lower than in the first round in mid-March, when it reached just 49 percent.

The Slovak head of state has mainly a representative role in government crises and in the appointment of constitutional judges play a crucial role. The result of the ballot was announced in early conversations with the tops of the government on future cooperation. Their formal assumption of office is, however, only on 15. June.

civility in politics

you will represent as their party predecessors Andrej Kiska, a "clear pro-European Position," said Caputova in a first reaction. Kiska had not even run for a second five-year term. He congratulated Caputova still of the night, to its election victory: "a Lot of countries envy us, that we have elected a President that values such as decency in politics symbolizes."

Caputovas inferior to a candidate, the 52-year-old non-party Diplomat Sefcovic stressed the pro-European orientation, both connected to the counterparty. Your first trip abroad you wool company, according to tradition, to the Czech Republic, announced Caputova. Since the peaceful division of Czechoslovakia in 1993, the newly elected government to chiefs and heads of state always being the first in the country.


overshadowed overshadowed The ballot was from a not yet fully enlightened journalists murder a year ago. The investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee were at 21. February 2018 shot in your house, to the East of Bratislava. Kuciak had Connections to the social democratic-led government to dubious enterprises researched. The act plunged the country into a severe political crisis, after mass demonstrations against corruption chief Robert Fico resigned from the then government. Caputova had taken the demands of the protesters to "decency in politics" as a campaign slogan. (hvw/sda)

Created: 31.03.2019, 13:41 PM

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