The people of Slovakia head to the polls on Saturday to pick out a new president. Slovak media regard this as a pivotal election will determine the destiny of the united states. Commentators agree with the election will determine whether or not Slovakia will stay a country mired in corruption and clientelism, or subsequently circulate closer to the guideline of law and democracy.

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In late February 2018, investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova had been assassinated in a small town east of the Slovak capital, Bratislava. Kuciak's work had targeted at the machinations of and ties among Slovak businessmen and politicians. His homicide despatched a surprise wave even though the county and triggered the largest political disaster on account that Slovak independence in 1993.

Kuciak's investigative reports, posted after his demise, and subsequent studies conducted by using Slovak media outlets exposed close ties between the united states of america's decision-makers, corrupt businessmen and criminals. The revelations sparked public outrage and brought about the largest protests in view that Czechoslovakia's 1989 Velvet Revolution. Loads of hundreds took to the streets, traumatic Slovakia come to be a decent united states once more.

Caputova sets attractions on reform

Granted, Slovakia's effective high Minister Robert Fico and interior Minister Robert Kalinak resigned following Kuciak's assassination. Yet in the eyes of many Slovaks, that did little to improve the country's political state of affairs. That's why on February 21, 2019, exactly one year after Kuciak's demise, some ten thousand humans took to the streets demanding alternate.

In December 2017, Caputova became the deputy chief of Slovakia's newly based social-liberal party innovative Slovakia (playstation ), and in January 2018 introduced she was going for walks for the presidency. She has stated her decision to enter politics changed into pushed by way of the desire to very well reform Slovakia's judiciary and public administration, which is why she has promised that "as the president, I want to commit my power and the strength vested in this workplace to make sure no one desires to undergo the lawlessness and conceitedness of these in energy." If elected, she also desires to work on environmental protection, enhance the fitness care quarter, and make sure the aged revel in higher care.

A divided united states

in line with latest surveys, Caputova is the maximum popular of the presidential candidates. She may want to, in fact, take extra forty percentage of the vote — whereas Maros Sefcovic, her closest rival who presently serves as the ecu Commissioner for health and consumer coverage, is projected to acquire about 25 percent of the vote. One survey even predicts Caputova prevailing over 50 percentage, which could mean no runoff election might be vital weeks later. Many Slovak people need a person who will fight for the rule of regulation and push for democratic concepts to be venerated.

yet the u . S . Is ideologically divided, with a huge proportion of Slovak humans additionally assisting the government's nationalist and populist stance. The coalition authorities, which is made of Social Democrats (SMER), a Hungarian minority celebration and a miles-proper party, is understood to disseminate divisive propaganda. The Social Democrats, particularly, have again and again railed in opposition to migrants, US billionaire George Soros, the eu, investigative newshounds and Caputova.

Fico's birthday celebration labels the front-runner a 'rabid liberal'

SMER, to which ex-PM Fico belongs, has lambasted Caputova as "a rabid liberal" who "has no regard for traditional circle of relatives values." Underlying the accusation is the fact that Caputova as soon as stated she opposes registering identical-intercourse couples and supports such couples adopting children — a hotly debated subject matter within the united states. Former PM Fico has additionally alluded to rumors that Caputova is a lesbian and attacked her via saying the us of a wishes a president with a "everyday orientation."  

Maros Sefcovic, who's also going for walks for the presidency and is sponsored via SMER, has not succumbed to such mudslinging in opposition to Caputova. Instead, he has been keen to painting himself as an experienced and worldly politician and diplomat. Sefcovic, who additionally has a terrific danger of rising effective, is an impartial candidate who advocates left-wing rules. But even as campaigning, he has also burdened his aid for conservative social values and the significance of traditional families. Evidently, he is attempting to enchantment to both aspects of the political spectrum; it's unclear if this can pay off on the poll field.