The party of new Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová finds success at the polls

New president Zuzana Čaputová brought a new perspective to the political landscape. After the presidential elections, her party, Progressive Slovakia got record numbers in the polls.

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Why this story matters:

After the murder of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak, who wrote about corruption in politics, many Slovaks realized that the current political leaders are unacceptable. The question which remained then was: who will run the country after them?

The success of Zuzana Čaputová in the recent presidential elections helped her party Progressive Slovakia to grow in popularity. The latest polls show that the liberal party has a great chance to get into the National Council in the parliamentary elections in a year.

Progressive Slovakia formed a coalition with the party Spolu (Together) and got more than 13 percent in the latest polls. Even more surprisingly, they have become the new leaders of the opposition. As a coalition, they are also trying to gain seats in the European parliamentary elections.

Details from the story:

  • Progressive Slovakia is a liberal and pro-EU political party. They openly support women's rights, LGBT rights, and the urgency to focus on green politics.
  • Progressive Slovakia does not have any seats in the parliament, and were only established in 2017.
  • After the presidential elections, new president Zuzana Čaputová announced she is giving up membership in Progressive Slovakia.
  • The next parliamentary elections are supposed to take place in spring 2020.
  • "When a colleague from Zuzana Čaputova’s little-known political party suggested she run for president last year, she thought the idea absurd," according to an article from Bloomberg.

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