01.04.19 / Anti-corruption lawyer and pro-European Union Zuzana Caputova secured 58 percent in Saturday’s presidential elections, becoming Slovakia’s first woman head of state. She defeated Maros Sefcovic, a vice president in the EU Commission and the candidate of the ruling Smer party.
Her victory contrasts with a lurch toward nationalism in neighbouring Poland and Hungary, and deals a blow for eurosceptics before May EU Parliament vote.
“You can enter a political contest with your own opinion, without succumbing to populism,” Caputova told supporters in Bratislava early Sunday morning.
A political novice, Caputova cited the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak – who was looking into links between politicians and organised crime – as one of the reasons she decided to run for president. The murder of Kuciak and his fiancee in February 2018 triggered the country’s largest anti-government protests since the fall of the Iron Curtain.
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