Prime minister leads in Slovak presidential race

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Posted: Mar 15, 2014 7:12 PM
Prime minister leads in Slovak presidential race

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Preliminary partial results from Slovakia's presidential election are indicating the favored prime minister and his major rival are leading the first round of the race.

Results by the Statistics Office from 58.5 percent of almost 6,000 polling stations counted by Saturday night showed leftist Prime Minister Robert Fico leading with 28.0 percent while businessman-turned philanthropist Andrej Kiska in second with 24.1 percent.

An independent conservative lawmaker with a degree from Yale Law School Radoslav Prochazka was third with 20.8 percent while Milan Knazko, a leading figure of the 1989 Velvet Revolution that ended Communist rule in Czechoslovakia, was distant fourth with 12.6 percent.

Final results are expected Sunday.

If no candidate wins at least 50 percent, the top two will advance to a second round on March 29.