Slovakia to hold a presidential runoff election

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Associated Press

Posted on March 16, 2014 at 3:32 AM

Updated Sunday, Mar 16 at 3:37 AM

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Election results indicate that two candidates will compete in a runoff ballot to become Slovakia's next president.

They are Prime Minister Robert Fico and businessman-turned philanthropist Andrej Kiska, who beat 12 other candidates in the first round of voting on Saturday.

Fico, who won 28 percent of the vote, and Kiska, who got 24 percent, will compete in a March 29 election for the presidency, a largely ceremonial post.

Radoslav Prochazka, an independent conservative lawmaker with a degree from Yale Law School, was third with 21.3 percent. Milan Knazko, a leading figure of the 1989 Velvet Revolution that ended Communist rule in Czechoslovakia, finished a distant fourth with 12.9 percent.

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