Slovakia gets first female president – Zuzana Caputova

Slovakia gets its first female president. With 58 percent of votes newcomer Zuzana Caputova defeated European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic, who warmly congratulated his rival.

Having little experience in politics the 45-year-old said, “I’m extremely happy about the result… It’s an extremely strong mandate for me.”

Following her win in the first round of presidential vote about two weeks ago Caputova resigned from her post of vice chairman of new party Progressive Slovakia and framed the polls as struggle between good and evil.

Slovakia’s fifth president cited death of Jan Kuciak, who was investigating links between politicians and organized crime, as one of the reasons for her run.

Kuciak was shot in early 2018 alongside his fiancee.

Having little experience in politics the 45-year-old said, “I’m extremely happy about the result… It’s an extremely strong mandate for me.”

The conservative Roman Catholic country has a population of about 5.4 million people. It gained independence in 1993 after splitting from Czechoslovakia. According to the country’s constitution the president has the power to select prime minister, appoint Constitutional Court judges and veto laws.

Caputova is a lawyer by profession and divorced mother of two. Lately she is being seen as a rising star in the country’s politics. She gained fame after leading a fight against toxic waste dump in Pezinok, which is also her hometown. In 2016 she received for her successful work Goldman Environmental Prize. She favors gay rights and opposes abortion ban.

Paul Linus