Czech politicians react to results of Slovak presidential election
At the weekend, neighbouring Slovakia elected a new president, political newcomer Andrej Kiska, who defeated Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico by 20 percent of the vote. Czech politicians, including Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, congratulated Mr Kiska, saying they looked forward to meeting with the new head of state. As tradition dictates, Kiska’s first official foreign visit trip will be to Prague.
In the Czech Republic, the result is being seen as noteworthy, including by Petr Fiala, the head of the opposition Civic Democrats.
“I think that the elections showed that voters wanted to elect a counterweight to Prime Minister Robert Fico who was dominant on the Slovak political scene.”
Czech politician Tomio Okamura, of the upstart Dawn party, called it an example of how direct elections worked (in which an underdog could topple a dominant politician) while Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said the result confirmed the strength of Slovak democracy. Czech President Miloš Zeman, who supported the second-place Mr Fico against the newcomer, issued a statement through his spokesman, saying that he respected the results and would be sending congratulations shortly.
Others, such as former Czech foreign minister Karel Schwarzenberg, suggested the election outcome in Slovakia showed that voters there wanted something different from the status quo.
“People really are fed up with politics and politicians at this time.”