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Liberal sensationalism Caputova to victory in Slovakia

In a region dominated by authoritarian right-wing populists as Hungary's Viktor Orban and Poland's Jaroslaw Kaczynski is Caputova a strange bird – a 45-year-old liberal lawyer who made his name during a 14-year-old struggle against an illegal garbage dump.

She put up in the presidential election for the Progressive Slovakia, a small liberal party. Her program is to combat corruption and she is the outspoken advocate for lgbt rights and women's right to abortion.

Just a few weeks ago low Caputova eight in the polls, but then another candidate withdrew his candidacy, she has greatly increased in the measurements.

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country she is seen as a new force, as one that is unspotted by a culture of cooperation between business, organized crime and politics.

the Resistance against this korruptionskultur gained new force after the murder for almost exactly a year ago on the investigative journalist, Jan Kuciak. It was the start of a protest movement that Zuzana Caputova yourself have participated in.

a number of different exit polls on Saturday have Caputova as the clear number one in today's first round of voting. The Tv channel TA3 give her as much as 46.3 per cent and the public service-channel TVS 42 per cent.

Second in both surveys is Maras Sefcovic, Slovakia's EU commissioner receive the support of the maktpartiet Smer. In order to win the election in the first round require more than 50 per cent of the votes.

that Caputova set against Sefcovic in a second round of voting on march 30.

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