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Three of four regions elect candidates from Slovakia’s ruling government coalition

Three regions of the four that held runoff elections on Saturday November 28 for the posts of regional president will be headed by candidates supported by the state-level ruling coalition parties, according to the unofficial results published by Slovakia’s Central Election Committee.

Three regions of the four that held runoff elections on Saturday November 28 for the posts of regional president will be headed by candidates supported by the state-level ruling coalition parties, according to the unofficial results published by Slovakia’s Central Election Committee.

The preliminary figures show the exception to be Pavol Frešo, a joint candidate of the opposition and some non-parliamentary right-of-centre parties, who is the winner in the Bratislava Region with 66,163 votes, representing 60.51 percent. He soundly defeated the incumbent head of the regional government, Vladimír Bajan, who ran as an independent candidate with the support of the ruling Smer party and received 43,187 votes, or 39.49 percent. The election turnout in the region was 20.18 percent, the SITA newswire reported.

The margin was much narrower in Banská Bystrica Region where the winner is Vladimír Maňka, a candidate of a coalition of Smer and the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS). He received support from 50,806 voters (53.71 percent) while his rival, Jozef Mikuš, representing the centre-right parties’ coalition, got 43,791 votes (46.29 percent). Turnout was 18.01 percent.

The winner in Prešov Region is its incumbent president, Peter Chudík, nominated by Smer, HZDS and other non-parliamentary parties with 63,179 votes (54.06 percent). His rival, Ján Hudacký, running for the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) received 53,686 votes (45.94 percent). Turnout was 19.22 percent.

In Trenčín region the winner is the incumbent president, Pavol Sedláček, a candidate of the Smer-HZDS coalition who won with 45,613 votes (59.08 percent). His opponent, Martin Fedor of the SDKÚ-KDH-SaS-OKS (Civic Conservative Party) coalition, received 31,588 votes (40.92 percent).

Compiled by Michaela Stanková from press reports
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