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Slo­vakia elects first fe­male gover­nor

- European Politics · Politics · Elections · Bratislava · Banska Bystrica · Zilina · Democratic Party (United States) · Slovakia

BRATISLAVA: Fears of a far-right surge in Slo­vakia’s re­gional elec­tions ap­peared un­founded yesterday, as pre­lim­i­nary re­sults showed the leader of the openly racist and an­tiSemitic Peo­ple’s Party Our Slo­vakia (LSNS) los­ing his seat as lo­cal gover­nor.

In a shock elec­tion re­sult in 2013, Mar­ian Kotleba was elected gover­nor of Ban­ska Bys­trica, Slo­vakia’s largest re­gion by area.

How­ever, in Satur­day elec­tions for lo­cal as­sem­blies and gov­er­nors in Slo­vakia’s eight ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gions, anti-fas­cist alliance can­di­date Jan Lunter se­cured 48.5% of the votes – al­most dou­ble that of Kotleba.

Satur­day marked the first time that a woman was elected re­gional gover­nor: Erika Juri­nova, the can­di­date for a lib­eral-con­ser­va­tive bloc of par­ties, was elected gover­nor of Zilina in the north, in a clear win over the So­cial Demo­crat in­cum­bent. – dpa

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