03 Oct 2017

Fascists and a Tofu King up for election

Slovakia's regional elections are coming up and there are as many candidates from the opposition as there are members of a fascist party on the ballot. 

Ria Gehrerová
Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
Source: Denník N
Fascists and a Tofu King up for election - NewsMavens
Slovakia's fascist party's logo. Photo: People's Party - Our Slovakia/Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

Why this story matters:

One of the eight self-governed regions in Slovakia is ruled by Marian Kotleba, the head of the fascist People’s Party – Our Slovakia. When he was elected in 2013, journalists and politicians were genuinely surprised by his triumph. And then, we were surprised again, when fascists got about 8% support in the following parliamentary elections in 2016. Really surprised. Like Americans were when Donald Trump was elected president in the USA.

The next regional elections will take place in a month and Kotleba is likely to be replaced by independent candidate Ján Lunter, a well-known tofu producer in Slovakia.

But people are not voting just for the next leader of the region. They are also going to decide the next members of regional parliaments. And the fascist party has a lot of candidates on the ballot. Nearly as many as  the opposition. With turnouts usually low for regional elections, they have a realistic chance to succeed.

Can we get rid of the fascist leader in one region and not elect a bunch of other fascists to Slovakia's regional parliaments in just one election? It would be a nice surprise not to be surprised by election results, for a change...

Details from the story:

  • Slovaks are often confused by what the role of self-governing regions are and do not take part in the regional elections. The turnout oscillates around 20%
  • In 2013, Marian Kotleba, the leader of the fascist party People’s Party – Our Slovakia, was elected to lead the Banská Bystrica region, one of Slovakia's 8 self-governing regions
  • Polls suggest Kotleba could be replaced by independent candidate and tofu producer Ján Lunter.
  • The higher the number of fascist party candidates running for regional parliaments, the higher their chances of getting elected
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