Slovak Presidental Election, March 2019

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Reports and analyses related to the presidential election held in Slovakia in March 2019.

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The presidential elections were held in the country on 16 March 2019, with a second round held on 30 March. Candidates run for a five-year long mandate. A second round is held if no candidate reaches 50 percent of the votes in the first round. The incumbent President decided not to run for a second mandate.

Thirteen candidates announced they were running for office in this election. Anti-corruption campaigner Zuzana Čaputová won the largest share of votes following the first round (around 40.6 percent), yet not enough to secure an outright victory. European Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič was second (around 18.7 percent). The two proceeded to the second round of the election on 30 March. Analysts highlighted the results showed frustration from the electorate at the governing Smer party, who backed Mr Šefčovič. Turnout for the first round was at 48.7 percent.

On 30 March, Ms Caputova collected 58% of the votes against 42% for Mr Sefvocvic, thus becoming the first-ever female President in Slovakia.

Ms Caputova was sworn in on 15 June, vowing to fight injustice and impunity.

Her victory in the presidential vote boosted the opposition liberal alliance Progressive Slovakia/Together, which backed her and aimed to unseat the ruling party in the 2020 general election.

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Commentary and Analysis
Roubert Schuman Foundation: Election Monitor, 19/02/2019: Presidential election of extremely uncertain outcome in Slovakia Where the outgoing head of State, Andrej Kiska is not standing again
IFES Election Guide: Slovak Republic
Euro|topics, March 2019: Who will be Slovakia's next president?
Wikipedia: 2019 Slovak presidential election
Euro|topics, April 2019: Slovakia: can Čaputová live up to expectations?
Euro|topics, March 2019: Slovakia: Does Čaputová's victory signal change?
Euronews, 17/03/2019: Why Slovakia is poised to elect a government critic
OSW: Analyses, 18/03/2019: The presidential election in Slovakia: a vote for change
Foreign Policy, 28/03/2019: Can Zuzana Caputova Save Slovakia?
Politico, 29/03/2019: Protests put outsider on brink of Slovak presidency
BBC News, 29/03/2019: Slovakia election: Liberal Caputova bucks Europe's populist trend
Deutsche Welle, 31/03/2019: Slovakia takes a stand against Orban-style populism
LSE: EUROPP Blog, 10/04/2019: Does Zuzana Čaputová’s victory signal a new kind of politics in Slovakia?
LSE: Europp Blog, 14/06/2019: Slovakia’s ‘progressive turn’ is a rejection of corruption – not a stand against populism
The New York Times, 15/06/2019: Slovakia’s First Female President, Zuzana Caputova, Takes Office in a Divided Country

Bloomberg, 14/03/2019: A Lawyer’s Cry to ‘Fight Evil’ Puts Her On Course for the Presidency
France24, 14/03/2019: Slovakia to vote for president in tough test for ruling party
The New York Times, 15/03/2019: In Slovakia, Unlikely Presidential Candidate Signals a Backlash Against Populism
Bloomberg, 16/03/2019: Populists Slapped as Slovaks Poised to Elect Pro-EU President
Deutsche Welle, 16/03/2019: Slovakia's presidential election focuses on corruption, democracy
Reuters, 16/03/2019: Anti-graft campaigner Caputova leads Slovak presidential election first round
BBC News, 17/03/2019: Anti-corruption candidate Zuzana Caputova leads Slovak poll
Deutsche Welle, 16/03/2019: Government critic Zuzana Caputova wins first round in presidential vote
The Guardian, 17/03/2019: Slovakia: pro-EU Zuzana Čaputová wins first round of presidential election
Politico, 17/03/2019: Anti-corruption candidate wins first round of Slovakia’s presidential election
BBC News, 31/03/2019: Zuzana Caputova becomes Slovakia's first female president
Deutsche Welle, 31/03/2019: Slovakia: Liberal lawyer Zuzana Caputova wins election
Euronews, 31/03/2019: Liberal lawyer becomes Slovakia's first female president
The Guardian, 31/03/2019: Slovakia's first female president hails victory for progressive values
Politico, 31/03/2019: Political outsider wins Slovakia’s presidential election
EurActiv, 01/04/2019: Sefcovic loses to Caputova in Slovakia presidential election
Deutsche Welle, 15/06/2019: Slovakia's first female president sworn in
Euronews, 15/06/2019: Zuzana Caputova sworn in as Slovakia's first female president
France24, 15/06/2019: Slovakia swears in first woman president Caputova
Emerging Europe, 17/06/2019: Zuzana Čaputová sworn in as new Slovak president

European Council: Letter of congratulations from President Donald Tusk to Zuzana Čaputová on her election as President of the Slovak Republic
OSCE: ODIHR: Slovak Presidential Election, 16 March 2019
Slovak Statistical Office: Election of the President of the Slovak Republic 2019
Inaugaration Speech of President Zuzana Caputova, 15/06/2019 [via The Slovak Spectator]

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