Pro-Western and Ukraine-Skeptic Candidates Face Off in Slovakian Presidential Election

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A pro-Western former top diplomat and a Ukraine-sKeptic backed by the ruling populists will face off in a presidential election on Saturday that could possibly halt Slovakia’s shift towards Russia.

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia

They will square off in a decisive second round as neither won the minimum 50 percent of votes in the first ballot on March 23.Pellegrini, the 48-year-old parliament speaker, is credited with 51 percent of the vote and Korcok with 49 percent, according to the NMS agency opinion survey.Populist Prime Minister Robert Fico — a Pellegrini ally — has questioned the sovereignty of Ukraine and called for peace with Russia.

“I am running for president to rescue the government of Robert Fico,” Pellegrini said in a televised debate with Korcok after the first round.The government, in office since last October and comprising Fico’s Smer party, Pellegrini’s Hlas and the small far-right SNS, has discontinued military aid to Ukraine.

In one of the televised pre-election debates, Pellegrini said he could “offer Stefan Harabin’s voters the type of politics they are asking for”.

Slovakia Presidential Election Pro-Western Ukraine-Skeptic Ruling Populists Russia Invasion Of Ukraine European Union NATO Peter Pellegrini Ivan Korcok Zuzana Caputova Second Round Parliament Speaker Opinion Survey Prime Minister Robert Fico Sovereignty Peace

 

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