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Slovakia election: Anti-corruption party takes lead

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Ordinary People leader Igor Matovic and wife Pavlina Matovicova

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Igor Matovic (R) and his wife Pavlina Matovicova at his party’s headquarters

Slovakia’s opposition Ordinary People party is leading in parliamentary elections, with the results of just over half of districts counted.

The party, led by anti-corruption campaigner Igor Matovic, has garnered a quarter of votes so far.

The ruling centre-left Smer party, which has dominated Slovak politics for a decade, is second with around 20%.

The vote was dominated by public anger over the murder of an investigative journalist and his fiancée in 2018.

The shooting of Jan Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova shocked the nation and toppled PM Robert Fico, but his Smer-SD party remained in office.

The far-right LSNS is in third postion with around 8.5% of votes.

Overall seven parties are on course to win seats in parliament and Ordinary People appears best-positioned to lead talks on forming a new government.

The general election, through proportional representation, follows a presidential vote last year. Anti-corruption campaigner and lawyer Zuzana Caputova won that, despite being a political newcomer.



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