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VÚC election results mirror party sympathies at national level

The results of the first round of the region (VÚC) elections on Saturday mirrored the public's sympathies vis-a-vis political parties at the national level, political analyst Juraj Marušiak told the TASR on Sunday, November 15. According to him, the four re-elected governors in Nitra, Žilina, Trnava and Košice regions have confirmed their strong position. Marušiak noted that the third-place finish of incumbent Banská Bystrica governor Milan Murgaš, who had lost the support of the main governing party Smer, is a testament to the fact that certain potential tensions exist within the governing coalition.

The results of the first round of the region (VÚC) elections on Saturday mirrored the public's sympathies vis-a-vis political parties at the national level, political analyst Juraj Marušiak told the TASR on Sunday, November 15. According to him, the four re-elected governors in Nitra, Žilina, Trnava and Košice regions have confirmed their strong position.

Marušiak noted that the third-place finish of incumbent Banská Bystrica governor Milan Murgaš, who had lost the support of the main governing party Smer, is a testament to the fact that certain potential tensions exist within the governing coalition.

According to the analyst, the most pointed warning from the elections is the 13,000 votes and fourth-place finish for former Slovenská Pospolitosť (Slovak Togetherness) right-wing organisation leader Marián Kotleba in Banská Bystrica region – a sign of radicalisation of a certain part of the electorate.

He also pointed out that the higher turnout (22.9 percent, which is about 5 percentage points higher than in the first round 2005) is a sign that people have become more aware of the importance of the VÚCs. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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