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Presidential elections in Slovakia: Fico's partner wins

Presidential elections in Slovakia: Fico's partner wins Photo: Peter Pellegrini (Getty Images)

The second round of presidential elections in Slovakia has officially concluded. The victory was secured by Peter Pellegrini, a partner of the current Prime Minister, reports the website of the Central Electoral Commission of Slovakia.

Speaker of the Parliament and leader of the Voice - Social Democracy party (Hlas-SD), Peter Pellegrini, has won 53.12% of all voters' support in the second round of the presidential elections in Slovakia. The voter turnout was 61.2%, higher than in the first round.

His opponent, former Foreign Minister Ivan Korcok, garnered 46.87% of the votes. Korcok won in two major cities, Bratislava and Kosice.

Ivan Korcok won the first round of the elections, being considered a pro-Ukrainian candidate. He acknowledged Pellegrini's victory but promised not to forget how exactly his opponent won.

About the new president of Slovakia

Peter Pellegrini is the Speaker of Parliament and former Prime Minister of Slovakia. He leads the left-wing Voice party, which is in a coalition with Prime Minister Robert Fico's party. The Slovakian Prime Minister is known for his anti-Ukrainian statements. Like the Slovakian Prime Minister, Pellegrini opposes aiding Ukraine in resisting Russian aggression.

Pellegrini made a statement after his election victory, promising to defend Slovakia's interests.

"For me, this is a huge responsibility, and after what I had to go through during the campaign, victory is a great pleasure for me. I will defend the national interests of Slovakia, protect the interests of the people, and support the government in its efforts to improve the lives of people in Slovakia," he said.

Election year

In 2024, for the first time in history, elections will take place in over 70 countries with a total population of 4 billion people. The results of at least some of them, especially in the West, could affect support for Ukraine.

Read more about the key elections of 2024 in the RBC-Ukraine material.