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Sun Mar 31, 2019, 11:37 PM

Anti-corruption lawyer Zuzana Caputova wins election to become Slovakia's first female president

Riding a wave of public fury over corruption, liberal lawyer Zuzana Caputova won Slovakia's presidential election on Saturday, bucking a trend that has seen populist, anti-European Union politicians make gains across the continent.

Corruption and change in political style were the main themes ahead of the run-off vote, which took place a year after journalist Jan Kuciak, who investigated high-profile fraud cases, and his fiancÚ were murdered at their home.

Ms Caputova, a pro-EU political novice who will be the euro zone country's first female president, had 58.3 per cent of the vote after results from 98.1 per cent of districts were counted, ahead of European commissioner Maros Sefcovic who took 41.7 per cent.

Mr Sefcovic, a respected diplomat who is also pro-EU, is backed by the ruling party Smer, the largest grouping in parliament that has dominated Slovak politics since 2006.

Ms Caputova, who was the front runner after winning the first round more than 20 points ahead of Mr Sefcovic, campaigned to end what she called the capture of the state by people pulling strings from behind, a message that opinion polls show resonated with younger, educated voters.


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Mon Apr 1, 2019, 02:31 AM

1. We gonna catch that wave over here too. nt

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