"the Criticism against the establishment can become crucial when the Slovak republic elects a new president. Leadership " continues to haunt maktpartiet Smer, whose candidate is second in several polls."
"my Favorite is, instead, a liberal woman who might be able to repair the relationship with the EU."
"Despite the fact that no opinion polls are allowed two weeks before the elections, it is clear that Mrs Caputova have a tailwind. The lawyer has emerged from nowhere to become favorittippad in the forthcoming presidential elections. In a country where the voters often prefer conservative politicians and the catholic church has great influence seems despite all of her liberal message about the rights of minorities and equality before the law to go home."
" I think the main reason for her success is that she represents something new. Many are tired of the establishment and want a change, " says Michal Smrek, a political scientist at Uppsala university, who is studying Slovak politics."
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"Caputova, which represents the relatively young party Progressive Slovakia, has limited political experience and is best known for as a lawyer received an illegal dump abandoned in his hometown. The feat has given her the nickname "
"Her nearest rival is Maros Sefcovic, who represents maktpartiet Smer. Sefcovic is a political veteran with a background as a diplomat and EU politicians – most recently as commissioner. But despite the fact that he never has had a leading political role he is seen still as a etablissemangskandidat, according to Michal Smrek."
"– He has previously described himself as a liberal but in the election campaign, he has clearly marketed itself as a conservative candidate through meetings with representatives from the catholic church. He is also a candidate for the governing party Smer do that he is seen as a representative of the establishment."
"The anti-etablissemangskritik that characterizes the electorate is rooted in the murder of the investigative journalist, Jan Kuciak, who was shot to death in February last year. Although no one has yet been convicted of it, seen the murder as a way to silence Kuciak, who investigated the links between leading politicians and the Italian mafia."
"the Protests after the murder, among other things, both prime minister Robert Fico and his party colleague, interior minister Robert Kalinak resigned. But the discontent of the voters is still large according to Michal Smrek, who says that journalistmordet still casts a shadow over the Slovak domestic politics."
" the Protests reached certainly his goal to set aside the prime minister, but at the same time, it is clear that Fico is still pulling the strings. This is the voters ' first chance to make a choice to express the desire to change."
"Changed the EU's relationship"
"Slovakia belongs to the so-called Visegrad countries, which in recent years has been in conflict with the EU. Together, the countries – which, besides Slovakia, but also Hungary, the Czech republic and Poland – criticised initiatives to more centralisation of EU power, and consistently said no to a distribution of refugees in Europe."
"Invandringskritiken are also represented in the upcoming Slovak elections, not least by Marian Kotleba, a former teachers who diligently flörtat with the country's fascist history."
"But the political scientist Michal Smrek think that the image of Slovakia in Europe can be changed with the presidential elections. Even if the president has a ceremonial role, it is not possible to deny the symbolic value in choosing a liberal president who is also a woman, is the reasoning."
"– It would be able to send a signal to the defender that Eastern europe is not yet lost. It would also show that the Slovak republic will continue to be a loyal EU member state, something that has been questioned during the current government."
"the President of Slovakia is elected since 1999 directly by the people. The term of office is five years and at can a president sit in the two periods. The office has mainly a ceremonial role, with the mandate to appoint the prime minister and other ministers in the government. The president can, however, prevent the new legislation by veto, a decision that parliament, in turn, may dissolve by a simple majority."
"to win required by law of the Slovak republic 50 percent of the votes from the total number of persons entitled to vote. Either turnout or support for any of the candidates seem to be enough to secure a victory already in the first round, which will force a second round. Where are the two candidates with the highest level of support against each other."
"The current president, the partiobundne Andrej Kiska, set not up for re-election. Instead, the party Progressive the Slovak candidate Zuzana Caputova out to win the election. In the latest opinion poll, published two weeks ago, she 52.9%. Its nearest competitor, Maros Sefcovic is located in the same measurement far behind with 16.7 percent."