VOTE: Bratislava changes its political orientation after two decades, official results confirm

THE EIGHT regional capitals of Slovakia witnessed several changes in their municipal leadership in Saturday’s municipal elections.

THE EIGHT regional capitals of Slovakia witnessed several changes in their municipal leadership in Saturday’s municipal elections.

According to the official results published by Slovakia’s Statistics Office at noon of November 28, the new mayor of the Slovak capital will be Milan Ftáčnik, who ran as an independent candidate with the support of the opposition Smer party and who received 59,457 votes in the election. His challenger Magdaléna Vášáryová, a candidate of the coalition of centre-right ruling parties, finished second with 23,813 votes.

In Košice, Richard Raši, the candidate of the opposition Smer party who also had the support of Most-Híd won the race with 36 percent of the votes, finishing ahead of incumbent mayor František Knapík supported by the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK), Civic Conservative Party (OKS) and the Greens with 32 percent of the votes.

Banská Bystrica went to Peter Gogola, the candidate of right-wing parties, who picked more votes than former Transport Minister Ľubomír Vážny, a candidate of Smer, HZDS and SNS.

The winner of the mayoral race in the city of Trenčín is independent candidate Richard Rybníček, former director of the public service Slovak Television, who in the last moment before the election received the support of Smer. He defeated Branislav Celler nominated by SDKÚ and Most-Híd.

The mayor of Žilina in the next four years will be former National Highway Company head, Igor Choma, a candidate of Smer, the Greens, HZDS and HZD.

Pavel Hagyari, an independent candidate and the incumbent mayor of Prešov has picked the highest number of votes according to preliminary results leaving behind Ondrej Matej supported by SDKÚ, SaS, KDH and Most-Híd.

Trnava will have a new mayor after the elections too. KDH candidate Vladimír Butko won the race.

Nitra went to Jozef Dvonč supported by Smer, KDH, SNS and the Greens defeating the candidate of SDKÚ, SaS and OKS Jozef Weber.

The turnout in regional elections was almost 50 percent.

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