Slovakia has elected anti-corruption activist and vocal government Zuzana Caputova as the first female president of the country after the provisional votes result claimed she won Saturday’s run-off presidential election.
According to Dawn news reports, Caputova, an environmental lawyer, has got 58.40 per cent in favour of her while EU energy commissioner Maros Sefcovic got 41.59 per cent of votes in his favour, according to Slovak statistics office.
After Saturday’s result victory, Caputova said, “Let us look for what connects us. Let us promote cooperation above personal interests.”
She added the outcome was a clear sign that “you can win without attacking your opponent”. She said, “I believe this trend will also be confirmed in the elections to the European Parliament and the Slovak parliamentary elections next year.”
Sefcovic called on Caputova to congratulate her and told reporters, “The first female president of Slovakia deserves a bouquet.”
Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini, who belongs to Smer-SD party, said that he expected “constructive cooperation”.
Ex-President Andrej Kiska has told reporters: “Slovakia is in a moral crisis and needs a president like Zuzana Caputova”. He added, “Many countries probably envy us for we have chosen a president who symbolises values like decency.”
The European Parliament has urged Slovakia to look into “any possible political links to the crimes”.