UCF Global Perspectives


Slovakia Elects First Female President

Benjamin Giltner, Intern, Europe incl. Russia

April 4, 2019

Slovakians voted Zuzana Caputova, a former lawyer, as the first female president of Slovakia, who holds little political experience (BBC). Caputova ran against the popular Slovakian diplomat, Maros Sefcovic, where Caputova won 58% of votes and Sefcovic won 42% of votes (BBC). Sefcovic represented the populist SMER-SD party (New York Times), which controlled the Slovakian parliament since 2006 (CNBC). Caputova holds membership in the Progressive Slovakia party, and promised to leave the party when elected to avoid the creation of a new political “machine” (New York Times).

Caputova portrayed herself as an anti-corruption politician and promised to shift the government to a state of transparency (New York Times). She began her campaign after the murder of the journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée on February 2018 (BBC). Kuciak sought to investigate the corruption within the Slovakian government, where governmental officials hired a hitman to kill Kuciak (New York Times). Caputova also ran a platform that promoted LGBTQ+  rights, and held a pro-European Union (EU) stance (CNBC).





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