Thursday 18 December 2014

Slovakia to elect new president

Published 15/03/2014 | 10:27

Votes will be counted on July 4, and winners will be announced the same day
Votes will be counted on July 4, and winners will be announced the same day

Slovak citizens are voting in a presidential election, choosing from among 14 candidates to succeed Ivan Gasparovic in a largely ceremonial post.

Left-leaning Prime Minister Robert Fico is a favourite to win the ballot. The 49-year-old heads Slovakia's dominant SMER-Social Democracy party. He led it to a landslide victory in 2012 that allowed the party to govern alone - a first for Slovakia.

Mr Fico's major challenger is Andrej Kiska, the 51-year-old successful businessman-turned philanthropist.

Other notable candidates include Milan Knazko, a leading figure of the 1989 Velvet Revolution that ended Communist rule in Czechoslovakia and Radoslav Prochazka, an independent conservative lawmaker with a degree from Yale Law School.

If no candidate wins at least 50%, the top two will advance to a second round on March 29.

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