Voters on Saturday delivered a victory to the center-right Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OLaNO) party, which had campaigned on an anti-corruption platform, and took more than 25% of the total vote.
Following Saturday’s election results, OLaNO leader Igor Matovic said: “We take the result as a request from people who want us to clean up Slovakia,” Reuters reported.
“To make Slovakia a just country, where the law applies to everybody regardless if he is rich or poor,” he added.
Smer took second place with 18.29% of the vote.
Far-right fails to make gains
But the People’s Party Our Slovakia, known simply as Kotlebovci after its leader Marian Kotleba, was well behind in fourth place with just under 8% of the vote.
The extremist, far-right party group is openly, and vocally, anti-migrant, anti-Roma, anti-LGBTQ, anti-Israel, anti-European Union and anti-NATO.
Meanwhile OLaNO’s leader, Matovic, is now set to contact Slovakia’s other center-right parties in the hope of forming a ruling coalition with a 90-seat majority in the 150-seat parliament, according to Reuters.
The 46-year-old is known for his media-savvy political style. He said after the election results that he wanted to “send a positive signal” to other European countries that Slovakia was not a place “where journalists and their fiancées are murdered just because someone unearthed corruption,” Reuters reported.