Why this story matters:
Slovakia is not often a role model for other European countries. But the country has provided a role model for a Czech candidate looking to unseat current Czech President Miloš Zeman.
Jiří Drahoš, the former head of the Czech Academy of Sciences, moved to the second round in the presidential election, to be held on Jan. 26-27. Zeman won in all cities, except in Prague, where Drahoš led.
Drahoš said he is modeling his campaign after the one led by Slovak president Andrej Kiska, who is pro-European, democratic and, unlike Zeman, scandal free.
"The way Andrej Kiska won the election in Slovakia inspired me," said Czech presidential candidate Jiří Drahoš
If Drahoš wins, he said his first visit would be to the Slovak presidential palace.
After five years of living with Zeman's inappropriate behavior, drinking and other scandals, many Czechs are looking for a new kind of representative. They may have found one in Slovakia.
Details from the story:
- Other Czech presidential hopefuls campaigned as "Czech Kiska" candidates and were portrayed as such by the media.
- Slovak president Andrej Kiska was not a politician before being elected as president -- he was an entrepreneur and philanthropist. He unseated former Slovak PM Robert Fico.
- During the first round of the Czech presidential elections, Zeman was attacked by a Ukrainian activist of Femen. She was topless with the slogan "Zeman is Putin's slut" written on her body.