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Slovakia - Presidential Election 2019

The presidential election was held on 16 March 2019. Anti-corruption campaigner Zuzana Caputova faced off with the ruling party candidate in a presidential runoff on 29 march 2019. It's the first vote in Slovakia since the murder of reporter Jan Kuciak and anti-government protests. Andrej Kiska is in office until mid June 2019. The Smer-SD government and the Slovak National Party (SNS) have not yet presented the Smer-SD government parties among the parliamentary parties, except the OLaNO movement.

On 15 May, President of the Slovak Republic, Andrej Kiska, announced that he would not again apply for a post of head of state in the next presidential election. They will come forward with plans after the November municipal elections by the end of this year. Slovakia, according to Kisk, needs a self-confident head of state that will not be afraid to stand behind the values of a modern, free, democratic country.

Robert Mistrík, who will run for the presidential post as an independent candidate with the support of the SaS and the Commonwealth, has announced the candidacy. The Most-Hid party has put its Béla Bugar and the non-parliamentary Progressive Slovakia in charge of the advocate Zuzana Caputova. Among the parliamentary parties, candidates will be the Movement We Are a Family, namely Milan Krajniak and the People's Party Our Slovakia Marian Kotleb.

Bohumil Tauchmannová Záborská, Radovan Znášik, Juraj Zábojník, Eduard Chmelár, the President of the Slovak Revival Movement Róbert Švec, Oskar Fegyveres, former President of the National Council of the Czech Republic, František Mikloško, Martin Dano and Štefan Harabin, declared Bohumil Tauchmannová Záborská, Radovan Znášik, Juraj Zábojník, Eduard Chmelár. The applicant must receive 15 signatures of the members of the National Assembly or 15 thousand signatures of the citizens.

Nearly half of Slovaks should have no choice to vote for a president, another almost 46 percent depends on what kind of woman it would be like. This results from an AKO survey, which made 1,000 people interviewed from 4th to 11th July 2018 for a representative sample. Respondents in the survey responded to the question: "Do you consider yourself to be supporters of what political orientation? We read your options". 40.5 percent of the respondents did not answer or did not want to answer this question. Liberals accounted for 34.6 percent and the remaining 24.9 percent for conservatives.

Zuzana Caputova, a vocal government critic, won the first round of Slovakia's presidential election. With results from 99.4 percent of polling stations counted, the 45-year-old was in pole position with 40.5 percent of votes, far ahead of her strongest challenger, Maros Sefcovic. Sefcovic, a 52-year-old career diplomat and European Commission vice president backed by the ruling Smer-Social Democracy party, had just 18.7 percent of the vote. As no single candidate won a majority on Saturday, a runoff will be held between Caputova and Sefcovic on March 30.

Endorsed by outgoing President Andrej Kiska, who did not seek re-election, Caputova has promised to end what she calls the capture of the state "by people pulling strings from behind," while maintaining the course of Slovakia's foreign policy. If elected, Caputova would be the country's first female president. It was the first vote held since the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee last February and the ensuing protests, which dealt a blow to the political establishment.

Liberal lawyer Zuzana Caputova won Slovakia's presidential runoff 30 March 2019, after the ruling party-backed candidate, Maros Sefcovic, conceded defeat. Victory for the anti-corruption activist breaks a trend of populist, euroskeptic politicians gaining traction across the European Union. Caputova won 58-42, according to the unofficial final result.

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