Zuzana Caputova has won Slovakia's presidential election. She is now the country's first female head of state.
Ms Caputova, who has almost no political experience, defeated high-profile diplomat Maros Sefcovic, from the governing party ,who is vice president of the European Commission, in a second round run-off vote. She has won about 58% of votes. Zuzana Caputova, a liberal environmental activist, lawyer by profession, is aged 45, a divorcee and mother of two. Being a member of the liberal Progressive Slovakia party she is expected to promote LGBTQ+ rights. She also sustains a ban on abortion.
Caputova is an anti-corruption activist who rose to prominence amid the wave of protests following last year’s murders of an investigative journalist and his fiancee. She attracted voters who are appalled by corruption and mainstream politics, framing the election as a struggle between good and evil but resused to engage in personal attacks on her opponents. "I'm extremely happy about the result. It's an extremely strong mandate for me," Caputova declared. She is now Slovakia's fifth president since the country gained independence after the split of Czechoslovakia in 1993. “I’m sending her a bouquet of flowers because I think the first Slovak female president deserves one,” Mr. Sefcovic said.