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 https://www.robert-schuman.eu/en/eem/1789-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 http://www.electionguide.org/countries/id/194/
Euro|topics, March 2019: Who will be Slovakia's next president? https://www.eurotopics.net/en/216431/
Wikipedia: 2019 Slovak presidential election https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_Slovak_presidential_election
Euro|topics, April 2019: Slovakia: can Čaputová live up to expectations? https://www.eurotopics.net/en/217534/
Euro|topics, March 2019: Slovakia: Does Čaputová's victory signal change? https://www.eurotopics.net/en/216693/
Euronews, 17/03/2019: Why Slovakia is poised to elect a government critic https://www.euronews.com/2019/03/16/why-slovakia-is-poised-to-elect-a-government-critic-euronews-explains
OSW: Analyses, 18/03/2019: The presidential election in Slovakia: a vote for change https://www.osw.waw.pl/en/publikacje/analyses/2019-03-18/presidential-election-slovakia-a-vote-change
Foreign Policy, 28/03/2019: Can Zuzana Caputova Save Slovakia? https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/03/28/can-zuzana-caputova-save-slovakia-smer-kocner-kuciak-sefcovic/
Politico, 29/03/2019: Protests put outsider on brink of Slovak presidency https://www.politico.eu/article/protests-put-outsider-on-brink-of-slovak-presidency/
BBC News, 29/03/2019: Slovakia election: Liberal Caputova bucks Europe's populist trend https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47719370
Deutsche Welle, 31/03/2019: Slovakia takes a stand against Orban-style populism https://p.dw.com/p/3FyHS
LSE: EUROPP Blog, 10/04/2019: Does Zuzana Čaputová’s victory signal a new kind of politics in Slovakia? https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2019/04/10/does-zuzana-caputovas-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 https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2019/06/14/slovakias-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 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/15/world/europe/zuzana-caputova-slovakia-president.html

News
Bloomberg, 14/03/2019: A Lawyer’s Cry to ‘Fight Evil’ Puts Her On Course for the Presidency https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-14/corruption-backlash-sets-novice-on-course-for-slovak-presidency
France24, 14/03/2019: Slovakia to vote for president in tough test for ruling party https://www.france24.com/en/20190314-slovakia-vote-president-tough-test-ruling-party
The New York Times, 15/03/2019: In Slovakia, Unlikely Presidential Candidate Signals a Backlash Against Populism https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/15/world/europe/slovakia-election.html
Bloomberg, 16/03/2019: Populists Slapped as Slovaks Poised to Elect Pro-EU President https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-16/slovaks-put-a-liberal-woman-candidate-ahead-in-presidential-vote
Deutsche Welle, 16/03/2019: Slovakia's presidential election focuses on corruption, democracy https://p.dw.com/p/3F9ot
Reuters, 16/03/2019: Anti-graft campaigner Caputova leads Slovak presidential election first round https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN1QX0R8
BBC News, 17/03/2019: Anti-corruption candidate Zuzana Caputova leads Slovak poll https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47599946
Deutsche Welle, 16/03/2019: Government critic Zuzana Caputova wins first round in presidential vote https://p.dw.com/p/3FC4P
The Guardian, 17/03/2019: Slovakia: pro-EU Zuzana Čaputová wins first round of presidential election https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/17/slovakia-pro-eu-zuzana-caputova-wins-first-round-of-presidential-election
Politico, 17/03/2019: Anti-corruption candidate wins first round of Slovakia’s presidential election https://www.politico.eu/article/zuzana-caputova-slovakia-president-election-maros-sefcovic-stefan-harabin/
BBC News, 31/03/2019: Zuzana Caputova becomes Slovakia's first female president https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47756368
Deutsche Welle, 31/03/2019: Slovakia: Liberal lawyer Zuzana Caputova wins election https://p.dw.com/p/3FxGn
Euronews, 31/03/2019: Liberal lawyer becomes Slovakia's first female president https://www.euronews.com/2019/03/30/exit-polls-zuzana-caputova-poised-to-become-slovakia-s-first-female-president
The Guardian, 31/03/2019: Slovakia's first female president hails victory for progressive values https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/31/slovakia-elects-zuzana-caputova-first-female-president
Politico, 31/03/2019: Political outsider wins Slovakia’s presidential election https://www.politico.eu/article/political-outsider-wins-slovakias-presidential-election-zuzana-caputova-maros-sefcovic/
EurActiv, 01/04/2019: Sefcovic loses to Caputova in Slovakia presidential election https://www.euractiv.com/section/elections/news/sefcovic-loses-to-caputova-in-slovakia-presidential-election/
Deutsche Welle, 15/06/2019: Slovakia's first female president sworn in https://p.dw.com/p/3KWbR
Euronews, 15/06/2019: Zuzana Caputova sworn in as Slovakia's first female president https://www.euronews.com/2019/06/15/zuzana-caputova-sworn-in-as-slovakia-s-first-female-president
France24, 15/06/2019: Slovakia swears in first woman president Caputova https://www.france24.com/en/20190615-slovakia-swears-first-woman-president-caputova
Emerging Europe, 17/06/2019: Zuzana Čaputová sworn in as new Slovak president https://emerging-europe.com/news/zuzana-caputova-sworn-in-as-new-slovak-president/

Official
European Council: Letter of congratulations from President Donald Tusk to Zuzana Čaputová on her election as President of the Slovak Republic https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2019/04/01/letter-of-congratulations-from-president-donald-tusk/
OSCE: ODIHR: Slovak Presidential Election, 16 March 2019 https://www.osce.org/odihr/elections/slovakia/409650
Slovak Statistical Office: Election of the President of the Slovak Republic 2019 http://www.volbysr.sk/en/index.html
Inaugaration Speech of President Zuzana Caputova, 15/06/2019 [via The Slovak Spectator] https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22145941/inauguration-speech-of-president-zuzana-caputova.html

ESO Records
Political instability in Slovakia following assassination of journalist Ján Kuciak, 2018 https://www.europeansources.info/record/political-instability-in-slovakia-following-assassination-of-journalist/

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