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Prime Minister, Businessman In Slovak Presidential Run-Off

Slovaks return to the polls to choose their president in a tight run-off between Prime Minister Robert Fico and businessman-turned-philantropist Andrej Kiska.

In the first round of voting on March 15, Social Democrat Fico polled 28 percent finishing narrowly ahead of centrist Kiska, who scored 24 percent.

A victory for Fico would mean the presidency, parliament and government all being controlled by the same party, the Smer-Social Democrats, for the first time since Slovakia became independent in 1993.

However, ahead of the second round, Kiska has been endorsed by candidates who captured a combined 34 percent in the first round.

Results are expected on March 30.

Slovakia, a country of 5.4 million, joined the European Union in 2004 and the eurozone in 2009.
Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters