Why this story matters:
When Ján Lunter, newly-elected governor of the Banská Bystrica region, was given the keys to his new office, he discovered gym facilities permeated with the smell of sweat and exercise mattresses. The office had formerly belonged to his predecessor, the leader of an extremist nationalist party.
Before the ex-governor and fascist leader in question, Marian Kotleba, installed the gym in the basement of his regional office, the place was a used as a storage for official documentation. However, Mr. Kotleba decided at some point during his term that his priorities lay elsewhere.
Kotleba's private office was almost empty. The only office supply in sight was a photocopier with a few fascist leaflets stuck in its mechanism.
After four years of unsuccessful rule, this pitiful empty gym makes a fitting symbol for Kotleba's values and accomplishments. Hopefully, his star will fade soon.
Details from the story:
- Slovak regional elections took place on November 4. Voters have chosen eight new governors and about four hundred members of the regional parliaments.
- A fascist leader, Marian Kotleba, who ruled the self-governing region of Banská Bystrica, lost the election.
- In the following five years, Kotleba will be an ordinary member of the regional parliament.
- Ján Lunter is the new governor of Banská Bystrica region. From Tuesday on, he holds the keys to the regional office.
- During the rule of Kotleba, there was no EU flag on the front facade of the office building.
- The fascist People's Party Our Slovakia won more than 8% of votes in the last parliamentary elections in March 2016.