The liberal civil lawyer Zuzana Čaputová has won the presidential election in Slovakia clear. In the night on Sunday published an unofficial 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 Maroš Šefčovič, and came to 41.6 percent. The Slovak head of state as in Germany, mainly representative tasks.
Čaputová thanked the voters not only on Slovak, but also in the languages of the Hungarian and the Roma minority for her trust, which she interpreted as a Signal of change. Their supporters celebrated with chants of "Zuzana, Zuzana!".
you will represent as their party predecessors Andrej Kiska, a "clear pro-European Position," said Čaputová shortly after midnight. Kiska was not a runner. The official result of the vote will be announced on Sunday at noon.
The formal handover of the position is for 15. June. With the representatives of the social democratic-led government of Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini, you expect a "constructive cooperation". In the next few days, she wanted to meet with representatives of the government, to discuss cooperation.
the losers of the Election Šefčovič gave her a bouquet of flowers in your choice of Central. He was glad that he, too, can have the pro-European orientation of Slovakia to participate, he said to his congratulations. Both runoff candidates were emphasized, in contrast to her after the first ballot, former right-wing populist and extreme-right's main competitors repeatedly, to want a fair election fight.
ten years ago, as an environmental activist in the fight against a landfill for the first time, politically-active Čaputová this is also stressed after their victory, the new: "I am pleased not only about this election victory, but also about the way he is managed, We have shown that you don't need to use a populist and aggressive vocabulary, in order to be successful."
champion benefited from mood against corruption
According to the opinion researcher Pavel Haulik Čaputová was able to benefit especially from the fact that you could take advantage of the after a journalist's murder a year ago, resulting mood is good against the corruption felt in the country. In the election campaign you've taken part almost word-for-word, the Slogans of which started a year ago and this year, we continued mass demonstrations.
After the election, she confirmed that these met expectations of the population: "We have perhaps meant that Fairness and justice are in the policy, only an intellectual issue, but in reality it is the desire of our people and our society."
Čaputová had already led in the polls clearly over Šefčovič. Already in the first ballot on may 16. In March, the environmental activist, won with nearly 41 percent is a substantial lead on the 52-year-old diplomat, who came in Second with 19 percent.
Overall, were called on Saturday to more than 4.4 million are eligible to vote for the election of their new head of state for the next five years. In Sunny spring weather, the choice was up to the evening with no significant incidents. Many Slovaks living in the Austrian and Hungarian neighbouring municipalities of the capital city of Bratislava or the Czech Republic, drove specifically over the border, to be able to take part in the vote, which is only possible in Germany.