Zuzana Čaputová, Slovakia's first female president 

Leading the campaign with a pledge to "stand up to evil", Zuzana Čaputová has won unprecedented support among Slovaks, making her the country's first female president with 58.4 percent of the vote. 

Eliza Archer
Eliza Archer NewsMavens, Europe
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Zuzana Čaputová giving her speech after winning the election, YouTube

Why this story matters:

On Saturday Zuzana Čaputová was declared as Slovakia’s first female president. Leading her campaign with a strong anti-government and anti-corruption sentiment she pledged that she would, as her campaign slogan said, “stand up to evil”.

This success of her campaign rested, among other issues, on Slovakia's deep anger over the government's reaction to the murder of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kušnírová in February 2018.

With little previous political experience, Čaputová ran a gruelling campaign that she said demonstrated “that values such as humanism, solidarity and truth are important to our society”.

Čaputová’s strongest opponent, Maroš Šefčovič, said he had called to congratulate Čaputová and would be accompanying his congratulations with a bouquet of flowers as, “The first female president of Slovakia deserves a bouquet”.

Details from the story:

  • After 90% of the votes had been tallied, Čaputová had amassed 58.01% of the vote.
  • Čaputová was one of the tens of thousands of Slovaks who took to the streets following the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak in 2018.
  • Kuciak’s brother, Jozef, had voiced his support for Čaputová.
  • She also garnered the support of the now former president Andrej Kiska.
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