Slovak election a display of strength of country's democracy, Czech PM says

SLOVAKIA has seen an intense, yet fair election battle that attested to the strength of the country's democracy, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Czech Television on March 30 as quoted by the TASR newswire.

SLOVAKIA has seen an intense, yet fair election battle that attested to the strength of the country's democracy, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Czech Television on March 30 as quoted by the TASR newswire.

Czech head of state Miloš Zeman, who backed Prime Minister Robert Fico in his bid, said that he fully acknowledges the results and congratulated Kiska on his victory.

"I strongly believe that Mr Kiska in his constitutional post will contribute towards the continuation and further development of today's excellent bilateral relations," said Zeman in a statement.

According to Sobotka, this presidential election in Slovakia might be similar to the one in the Czech Republic that took place in January 2013 and from which Zeman emerged victorious.

"I assume that just as Mr Zeman garnered some portion of 'protest' votes, Mr Kiska gained a large share of votes from dissatisfied voters," said Sobotka, who, like Fico, is a social democrat.

Czech Foreign Affairs Minister Lubomír Zaorálek (also of the Czech Social Democratic Party) said that Fico, given his political background, has been a close partner to the Czech Social Democrats. Still, he expressed his belief that no major change in the quality of Czech-Slovak relations will take place as a result of Kiska's presidency.

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Andrej Babiš, of Slovak origin, said that the election result didn't catch him by surprise. Even the first round of the election - in which Kiska received 24 percent of votes compared to Fico's 28 - showed that Kiska would claim victory in the second round.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports.
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information
presented in its Flash News postings.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Opposition fails to recall Education Minister Lubyová

The reason was the dubious distribution of the state's stimuli for science and research.

Education Minister Martina Lubyová (SNS nominee)

Brexit: Fulfilling the wishes of the dead

It is supposed to be honourable to respect the last wishes of the deceased. But is it also reasonable to sacrifice the life perspectives of those remaining?

Foreigners in Slovakia promote the ice hockey world championship

In videos, they tell fans from abroad that Slovakia has much to offer.

Mascot of 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Slovakia, bear Macejko.

Caregiver Dušan, a breadwinning father working in Austria, will earn €6,000 less this year

The Austrian government has cut down child benefits for Slovak parents working in Austria if their children live in Slovakia. The European Commission regards the measure to be discriminatory.

The Valach family