A 45-year-old anti-corruption lawyer Zuzana Caputova has been elected as first woman president of Slovakia by securing 58.4 percent of the vote according to a final tally of results released Sunday (March 31) compared with 41.6 percent for her ruling party rival, EU energy commissioner Maros Sefcovic.
She is a relative political newcomer known for taking part in mass anti-government protests last year after the shootings of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee. The uproar toppled the then-premier. “A candidate embodying democratic forces has won, and Sefcovic, who was a symbol of continuity, has lost,” analyst Grigorij Meseznikov told AFP. “Zuzana Caputova gives us hope but the real fight will only come now,” said Dennik N, a leading opposition daily.
Caputova, who will be sworn in on June 15, is no stranger to tough battles. She is known for having successfully blocked a planned landfill in her hometown of Pezinok after a decade-long grassroots campaign.
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