Anti-Corruption politician Zuzana Čaputová takes lead in Slovakkia’s presidential election

epa07443900 Leading Presidential candidate Zuzana Caputova (2-R) talks at her election headquarters where she awaits the results of the first round of the presidential election in Bratislava, Slovakia, 17 March 2019. EPA-EFE/JAKUB GAVLAK

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Lawyer Zuzana Čaputová won the largest share of votes in Slovakia’s presidential ballot Saturday, making her the frontrunner ahead of a second round later this month.

Čaputová, a newcomer to politics who has run a campaign focused on tackling corruption, won 40.6 percent of the vote, ahead of government candidate and European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič on 18.7 percent, according to the national statistics office, POLITICO reports.

Reuters, adds that despite having no previous experience of public office, Caputova was set to take pole position for the second round of the election as voters spurn the Smer party a year after the murder of a journalist sparked mass protests.

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