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ELECTION: Gašparovič re-elected

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 the official results announced by the Central Election Commission on April 5.

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 the official results announced by the Central Election Commission on April 5.

Gašparovič won the second round of presidential elections after harvesting 55.53 percent of the votes. His challenger Iveta Radičová, the joint candidate of the parliamentary opposition parties, collected 44.46 percent of the votes, according to the official results.

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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