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(E) President of Slovakia Ivan Gasparovic's Croatian Roots
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  04/25/2004 | Politics | Unrated
(E) President of Slovakia Ivan Gasparovic's Croatian Roots


President of Slovakia Ivan Gasparovic's Croatian Roots

According to Vecernji List, newly elected president of Slovakia, Ivan Gasparovic has Croatian roots.

The original Croatian article can be found at:

Ivan Gasparovic, leader of the extraparliamentary Movement for Democracy (HZD), defeated three-time former
Prime Minister and leader of the People's Party-Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) Vladimir Meciar
in a presidential runoff of 17 April, international news agencies reported. Gasparovic won by a convincing
margin of nearly 60 percent as against slightly more than 40 garnered by Meciar. Gasparovic is to take
office on 15 June, six weeks after Slovakia joins the EU. Turnout was 43.5 percent, according to CTK.
According to TASR, Gasparovic won in all of Slovakia's eight regions. Upon learning of his victory,
Gasparovic pledged to try to find common ground with Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda and said he wants
Slovakia's EU integration to be smooth. Dzurinda congratulated Gasparovic, according to TASR. The premier
said he will "strive to have a good relationship with the president because this is in Slovakia's
interests," Reuters reported. Parliamentary speaker Pavol Hrusovsky said the electoral outcome
signifies "the final defeat of Meciar's policies." All leaders of the four-party center-right
coalition stayed away from the poll, saying there is "no lesser evil" to chose from. MS

Ivan Gasparovic's official website (in Slovak) 

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