Lalu Prasad's daughter Misa Bharti gets bail in election model code violation case
NMC demands release of 10 percent DA to employees, pensioners

Slovakia elects new president

Slovak citizens are voting in a presidential election, choosing among 14 candidates to succeed Ivan Gasparovic in a largely ceremonial post.

Fico-480 Left-leaning Prime Minister Robert Fico (Center) is a favourite in Saturday’s balloting. (Reuters)

Slovak citizens are voting in a presidential election, choosing among 14 candidates to succeed Ivan Gasparovic in a largely ceremonial post.

Left-leaning Prime Minister Robert Fico is a favourite in Saturday’s balloting. The 49-year-old heads Slovakia’s dominant SMER-Social Democracy party. He led it to a landslide victory in 2012 that allowed the party to govern alone — a first for Slovakia.

Fico’s major challenger is Andrej Kiska, the 51-year-old successful businessman-turned philanthropist.

Other notable candidates include Milan Knazko, a leading figure of the 1989 Velvet Revolution that ended Communist rule in Czechoslovakia and Radoslav Prochazka, an independent conservative lawmaker with a degree from Yale Law School.

If no candidate wins at least 50 percent, the top two will advance to a second round on March 29.

Do you like this story