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Anti-corruption campaigner set to win Slovakia's presidential vote
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Mar 15, 2019 7:10 PM 1+ week ago

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Zuzana Caputova, an anti-corruption campaigner with no experience in public office, won the first round of Slovakia's presidential election on Saturday, setting up a tough clash with the ruling Smer party's candidate.

Although voters appeared to spurn Smer a year after the murder of a journalist which sparked mass protests, the party's Maros Sefcovic, an EU Commissioner, could pick up support among those who prefer stability to the change offered by Caputova.

The killing of Jan Kuciak, who reported on fraud cases involving politically connected businessmen, triggered the biggest anti-government protests in Slovakia since communism ended three decades earlier. It also led to the resignation of then prime minister, Smer leader Robert Fico.

The government remains in power, but Smer's popularity has slumped. On the first anniversary of Kuciak's murder, thousands of Slovaks rallied to protest against what they see as a lack of government action on the corruption he uncovered.

With results from 99.4 percent of polling ...

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