Upcoming presidential elections will show how many Slovaks want a modern country

Zuzana Čaputová's chances as a candidate in Slovakia's presidential elections are rising fast. She is liberal, open-minded and able to attract young people. 

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Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
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Why this story matters:

Slovak youth have been increasingly disillusioned over the past few years, turning away from mainstream politics in favor of populists, celebrities and far-right politicians. However, the situation may be changing. A new group of anti-corruption and green activists, many of them young, have built support for Zuzana Čaputová as the future Slovak president and her popularity is growing fast. 

She is the only candidate who openly talks about women's rights, LGBT rights and about the urgency to focus on green politics.

For a long time, Slovakia lacked bold leaders who could openly talk about these issues without fear of alienating conservative or center voters. 

Details from the story:

  • Zuzana Čaputová is one of the leaders of the newly formed liberal and pro-EU political party Progresívne Slovensko (Progressive Slovakia).
  • Just two women out of 15 candidates are running for the president in the elections. The first round of elections will take part on March 16, 2019.
  • According to the latest polls, Čaputová is the third strongest candidate running for president with around 15 percent of votes.
  • She is planning to stay in politics even if she does not become a president.
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