In a weekend of elections throughout Europe, Andrej Kiska has been voted president of Slovakia.
The independent candidate trounced centre-left Prime Minister Robert Fico with results from over 99 percent of voting districts showing he had the support of 59.4 percent of voters.
“I promised I would be the president for all citizens and I will unite and motivate,” said Kiska. “Slovakia is a beautiful country, with excellent people. It is up to us to show how we are going to use all the great things that we have so we can be proud of our country, so young people will want to live here and so we can feel good here.”
Defeated Smer party candidate Fico is likely to keep his post as prime minister, which is considered a more powerful position than the presidency in the day-to-day running of Slovakia.
He took the country into the euro zone in 2009, keeping the country friendly to investors.
Fico and Kiska share similar views on Slovakia’s foreign policy, which firmly supports the European Union’s pro-integration stance.
However, Fico has reportedly labelled Kiska a political amateur with an uncertain stance on legislative issues.