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Who is the winner?

ALMOST all of Slovakia’s major political parties claimed to have emerged from the local elections over the weekend as a winner, including PM Robert Fico, the chairman of Smer, which won the most districts.

"It is clear that Smer won these local elections," Fico said.

On the other hand, Mikuláš Dzurinda, the leader of the opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), accused Fico of lying. According to Dzurinda, it is difficult to tell who won because coalitions in the local elections were mixed.

Political analyst Pavel Haulík said he believed that the parties of the ruling coalition performed the best.

The ruling coalition parties took 1,011 mayoral posts out of the 2,903 up for grabs, while independent candidates won 895 mayoralties, and the opposition parties captured 575.

Some 21,272 council seats were up for election, of which the ruling coalition parties took 8,484 and the opposition 6,616; 3,638 councilors are independent.

Regional coalitions between the SDKÚ and the KDH (Christian Democrats), on the other hand, dominated in the country’s regional capitals, taking 5 out of 8 mayoral posts including Bratislava (Andrej Ďurkovský), Košice (František Knapík), Trenčín (Branislav Celler), Trnava (Štefan Bošnák), and Žilina (Ivan Harman).

Ruling coalition candidates won in Banská Bystrica (Ivan Saktor) and Nitra (Jozef Dvonč), while independent Pavol Hagyari won in Prešov.

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