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Slovakia's new president is Ivan Gašparovič

Ivan Gašparovič, leader of the non-parliamentary Movement for Democracy (HZD), defeated Vladimír Mečiar in the second round of the direct presidential elections on April 17, the central election committee announced.

Gašparovič collected 1,079,592 votes, or 59.91 percent, while Mečiar received 722,368 votes, or 40.09 percent.

Turnout in the second round of the elections was 43.50 percent.

In the first round of the elections on April 3, Mečiar won with 650,242 votes, or 32.73 percent. His main rival, Gašparovič, received 442,564 votes (22.28 percent).

In total, eleven candidates ran for the presidential post in the first round.

The term in office for incumbent President Rudolf Schuster ends on June 15.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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