Vocal government critic and anti-corruption activist Zuzana Caputova on Saturday won Slovakia’s presidential elections to become the first woman president of the country. Not just this, Caputova is the youngest president of the euro zone country at the age of 45.
Caputova will take office from June 15, 2019.
Member of a liberal non-parliamentary Progressive Slovakia party, Caputova pledged to leave the party if elected. Caputova was endorsed by opposition parties and a junior party in the ruling coalition that represents the ethnic Hungarian minority, as well as outgoing President Andrej Kiska.
Caputova started her acceptance speech by thanking voters in Slovak, as well as in the Hungarian, Czech, Roma and Ruthenian languages, turning to all main minority groups.
“I am happy not just for the result but mainly that it is possible not to succumb to populism, to tell the truth, to raise interest without aggressive vocabulary,” she told a crowd of supporters.
A liberal lawyer, Caputova, before being elected, took to the streets along with tens of thousands of other anti-government protesters. She joined the group of protesters protesting the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak. Ján and his fiancee, Martina Kušnírová were shot dead in February 2018.