Fascists weeded out during recent elections in Slovakia 

Rarely are voters this blissfully happy about the outcome on an election. The polls were far more pessimistic, and now people are pinching themselves: Is it really happening?

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Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
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Fascists weeded out during recent elections in Slovakia  - NewsMavens
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Why this story matters:

The regional elections in Slovakia, held on November 4, brought about some very welcome surprises. Soon there will be no fascist governors left in the country and only two fascist deputies in the regional parliaments (out of 335 fascist candidates). And this is not the end of good news.

The opposition won five out of eight self-governing regions, while the ruling party Smer lost four regional leaders, who were in the office for more than a decade.

After the elections, Slovaks usually say: OK, it is not that bad. Rarely are voters this blissfully happy about the results. No one really knows what happened. The polls were far more pessimistic, and now people are pinching themselves: Is it really happening? Some believe it to be the best elections’ outcome in the last twenty years.

What has changed? Is it due to the marches against corruption, organized by high school students? Have they really worked? Are people tired of the ruling party Smer? Is it a smoke signal for our most most powerful party losing its position?

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. From now on, he will be just a member of the regional parliament. The other fascist politician who will serve as a member of the regional parliament is Kotleba's spokesperson, Milan Uhrík.
  • Before the elections, the ruling party Smer had 6 out of 8 governors. In Saturday's elections, they lost four of them, in favor of the opposition's younger leaders who are full of energy and ideas.
  • Smer has been the ruling party in Slovakia for more than 10 years (with a short break). It saw many corruption scandals that were never clearly explained.
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