Kiska becomes Slovakia’s president, preliminary results show

Andrej Kiska will be the president of Slovakia for the next five years, preliminary results published by the Statistics Office show.

Kiska, who is the first-ever independent candidate with no political background whatsoever to win the presidential election, received 59.40 per cent of the vote, while Prime Minister Robert Fico, the official candidate of the ruling Smer party, garnered the support of 40.60 percent of the voters. Gašparovič’s term ends in June.

Voter turnout was about 50 per cent.

Andrej Kiska was the first candidate to announce his intention to run for president, almost two years before the actual election.

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