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12:00 AM, March 31, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:15 AM, March 31, 2019

Slovakia set to elect first female president

Riding a wave of public fury over corruption, liberal lawyer Zuzana Caputova looked set to win Slovakia's presidential election yesterday, bucking a trend that has seen populist, anti-European Union politicians make gains across the continent. Corruption and change have been the main themes ahead of the run-off vote. Caputova, pro-European Union political novice who would become Slovakia's first female president, won the election's first round two weeks ago with 40.6 percent of the vote, ahead of European Commissioner Maros Sefcovic on 18.7 percent. Caputova campaigned to end what she calls the capture of the state "by people pulling strings from behind", a message that opinion polls show resonates with younger, educated voters. Slovakia's president wields little day-to-day power but appoints prime ministers and can veto appointments of senior prosecutors and judges.

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