Slovakia’s president says she is not going to search re-election in subsequent yr’s presidential vote
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Slovakia’s first feminine president mentioned Tuesday that she will not search reelection in subsequent yr’s presidential vote.
President Zuzana Čaputová mentioned the announcement was one of many “hardest” she has made. She mentioned that after a severe evaluation of her choices, she got here to the conclusion that she wouldn’t have sufficient energy left for an additional five-year time period.
“Everyone knows that the final 4 years have been linked to crises,” Čaputová mentioned, citing the coronavirus pandemic, Russia’s conflict in Ukraine, the vitality disaster and hovering inflation.
She mentioned these have been probably the most troublesome years of her life.
“I really feel sorry if I disappoint those that anticipated me to run once more,” she mentioned. “The destiny of Slovakia is just not within the fingers of 1 individual.”
Čaputová has been a transparent pro-Western voice in Slovak politics and a staunch supporter of Ukraine in its struggle in opposition to Russia’s full-scale invasion.
She visited Ukraine twice since Russia launched the conflict in February 2022.
Čaputová is at present the preferred amongst Slovakia’s politicians, based on opinion polls. She is a liberal environmental activist and a lawyer by career was elected to the largely ceremonial publish in 2019. She turned Slovakia’s fifth president because the nation gained independence after the break up of Czechoslovakia in 1993.
She had little expertise in politics however attracted voters who have been appalled by corruption and mainstream politics. Her election to the largely ceremonial publish defied a wave of beneficial properties for far-right populists throughout Europe.
A divorced mom of two, Čaputová has been in favor of homosexual rights and opposed makes an attempt to ban abortion within the conservative Roman Catholic nation.
Slovakia is heading for an early election on Sept. 30 and is at present led by a caretaker authorities of technocrats.
The federal government led by Prime Minister Ludovit Odor has adopted the stance of the earlier Cupboard of Prime Minister Eduard Heger in supporting Ukraine. However some present opposition leaders, together with former populist Prime Minister Robert Fico, oppose army assist for Ukraine and European Union sanctions in opposition to Russia.
Fico and his Smer-Social Democracy leftist occasion are the favorites to win the upcoming election, based on current polls.
Čaputová has come beneath assault from Fico, a significant pro-Russia and anti-American voice within the nation who has focused her assist for Ukraine and accused her of being a U.S. agent who consults the steps she takes with the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava.