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Slovak PM Fico concedes defeat in presidential election

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovak centre-left Prime Minister Robert Fico conceded defeat to independent Andrej Kiska in the central European country's presidential election on Saturday. "I would like to congratulate (Kiska), although not all the votes have been counted yet," Fico, who keeps his post as prime minister, told reporters. Results from 72 percent of voting stations showed Kiska leading by 59.2 to 40.8 percent. (Reporting by Jan Lopatka and Jiri Skacel; Editing by David Gregorio)

Political newcomer Kiska trounces PM Fico in Slovak presidential election

By Jiri Skacel and Jan Lopatka BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Philanthropist and former businessman Andrej Kiska trounced Prime Minister Robert Fico in Slovakia's presidential election on Saturday as voters feared Fico and his center-left party would amass too much power. Results from over 99 percent of voting districts showed the politically unaffiliated Kiska leading the center-left prime minister by 59.4 percent to 40.6 percent.

Andrej Kiska: 'first time lucky' Slovak philanthropist scores presidency

Slovak millionaire turned philanthropist Andrej Kiska has capitalised on his image as an untainted political novice to win his improbable bid for the presidency. The self-made consumer credit tycoon, who reinvented himself as a professional do-gooder, emerged from obscurity to clobber veteran leftist Prime Minister Robert Fico, his defeated rival in Saturday's run-off election. Kiska, 51, thus becomes Slovakia's first non-communist and non-partisan president since the country secured independence in 1993.

Millionaire Kiska wins Slovak presidential race: partial results

Andrej Kisja, a political newcomer and millionaire, has won Saturday's presidential run-off against Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, partial results showed. Fico conceded defeat after the election commission announced that with 57.8 percent of voting districts counted, the prime minister had obtained just 40.6 percent of the vote while Kisja had secured 59.4 percent. tab-mas/hmn

Philanthropist elected first Slovak president with no communist past

Political newcomer and millionaire Andrej Kiska emerged out of nowhere to win a landslide in Saturday's presidential run-off, preventing veteran leftist Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico from tightening his grip on power. A non-aligned centrist who made his fortune in the consumer-credit business, the 51-year-old Kiska will be Slovakia's first president since independence in 1993 without a past in the Communist party.

Slovak PM duels philanthropist in tight presidential run-off

Slovaks voted in a tight run-off election for a new president on Saturday as political newcomer and philanthropist Andrej Kiska tried to prevent Prime Minister Robert Fico from extending his grip on power. Voting ended at 10:00 pm (2100 GMT), with the first partial results expected by 11:00 pm. Social Democrat Fico captured 28 percent in the first round of polling on March 15, finishing narrowly ahead of centrist Kiska, who emerged from nowhere to score 24 percent.

Slovak PM duels philanthropist in final battle for presidency

Slovaks are choosing a new president on Saturday in a tight run-off as political newcomer and philanthropist Andrej Kiska tries to prevent Prime Minister Robert Fico extending his grip on power. In the first round of voting on March 15, Social Democrat Fico captured 28 percent finishing narrowly ahead of centrist Kiska, who emerged from nowhere to score 24 percent.

Slovak underdog has chance to beat PM Fico in presidential vote

By Jan Lopatka PRAGUE (Reuters) - Slovakia's political heavyweight Prime Minister Robert Fico faces the threat of his biggest defeat at the ballot box from an underdog philanthropist in presidential election runoff on Saturday. Voters in the central European country gave the center-left leader a disappointingly lukewarm endorsement in the first round of voting two weeks ago amid fear the 49-year-old would amass too much power, which some see as unhealthy for democratic checks and balances.

Slovak PM faces millionaire in final battle for presidency

Slovaks return to the polls on Saturday to choose their president in an increasingly close and fractious run-off between Prime Minister Robert Fico and political newcomer and millionaire, Andrej Kiska. In round one, on March 15, Social Democrat Fico polled 28 percent finishing narrowly ahead of centrist Kiska, who scored 24 percent. Saturday's run-off promises to be just as close.

Andrej Kiska: Slovakia's money man turned do-gooder

Slovak millionaire turned philanthropist Andrej Kiska is banking on his image as an untainted political novice in his improbable bid for the presidency. The self-made consumer credit tycoon, who reinvented himself as a professional do-gooder, emerged from obscurity to become a serious threat to veteran leftist Prime Minister Robert Fico, his rival in a March 29 run-off election. The 51-year-old Kiska, a twice-married father of four, insists he has the "heart, brains and character" to be Slovakia's next head of state.
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