Slovak election hands democrats vital test

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03/01/2020

Populist businessman Igor Matovic is set to become Slovakia’s next prime minister after his Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (Olano) movement enjoyed a surge of support in elections. Founded as an anti-corruption protest party 10 years ago, Olano surged in the weeks leading up to Saturday’s election to take 25 percent of votes amid a highly fragmented field. Following the vote, the focus turns to how Olano can lead Slovakia back from the brink. Many analysts and parties are wary of Matovic’s grandstanding style and narrow focus on corruption. The country’s health and education systems are in urgent need of reform and investment, they stress, and social issues such as migration and LGBT rights remain highly contentious.

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