|Author (Corporate)||Cardiff EDC|
Reports and analyses related to the presidential election held in Slovakia in March 2019.
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.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||National Politics, Presidential Elections|
|Countries / Regions||Slovakia|