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Philanthropist elected first Slovak president with no communist past -

Slovak's presidential candidate Andrej Kiska in the city of Poprad on March 29, 2014Political 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. "I want to reestablish the people's trust into the presidential office," Kiska said in a victory speech at his campaign headquarters in the capital Bratislava. Fico, who will likely stay on as prime minister in the runup to a 2016 general election, conceded defeat as results showed Kiska winning a landslide.



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