The Ordinary People anti-corruption movement of millionaire Igor Matovic has surged to a resounding victory in Slovakia’s first parliamentary elections since the country was rocked by the murder of a young investigative journalist.
With 99.9 per cent of votes counted, Ordinary People — whose slogan is “Let’s beat the mafia together” — had 25 per cent of the vote, far ahead of expectations. It will have the first chance at forming a government in what could be complicated coalition negotiations involving three other parties.
Smer, the leftwing populist party that has ruled Slovakia for 12 of the past 14 years, was on course for a stinging defeat, with 18.3 per cent, 10 percentage points less than it managed four years ago.
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