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ELECTION: Gašparovič wins the presidency, according to unofficial results

Incumbent Ivan Gašparovič, backed by two parties of the ruling coalition, Smer, the largest party in parliament and the Slovak National Party (SNS), will serve as the country’s president for the next five years, according to unofficial results.

Incumbent Ivan Gašparovič, backed by two parties of the ruling coalition, Smer, the largest party in parliament and the Slovak National Party (SNS), will serve as the country’s president for the next five years, according to unofficial results.

Gašparovič defeated Iveta Radičová, the joint candidate of three parliamentary opposition parties in the second round of presidential elections held on April 4.

After counting the votes from 5,695 of 5,919 election precincts, Gašparovič gained 55.82 percent of the vote while Radičová received 44.18 percent, according to the Slovak Statistics Office.

The electorate’s turnout in the second round was 51.56 percent.

Gašparovič won the first round with 46.70 percent of the votes. Radičová trailed him by a smaller-than-expected 8.56-percent margin, at 38.05 percent.

Voter turnout in the first round was 43.63 percent.

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