PRAGUE (Sputnik) — Marian Kotleba, the leader of Slovakia's right-wing parliamentary party, failed to get re-elected as the governor of the central Banska Bystrica region in Saturday's election, the press service of Slovakia's Statistics Office said after 99.99 percent of votes were counted.
#WyboryNaSłowacji Policzono 6,89 % | Jan #Lunter 37,8 % — Marian #Kotleba 30,3 % #Słowacja pic.twitter.com/YKuQF27omm— Łukasz Grzesiczak (@PepikNews) November 4, 2017
Kotleba, who heads the People's Party — Our Slovakia, received 24 percent of the vote, while independent candidate Jan Lunter, who represented joint anti-fascist alliance, won the region with 48.5 percent, according to the press service.
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The People's Party — Our Slovakia denies any allegations of being linked to fascism, however, Kotleba is facing extremist charges and party members took part in torch-lit marches wearing uniforms like those in Slovak Nazi puppet state during the World War Two.
ŽUPNÉ VOĽBY Sklamaný Marián Kotleba: Najprv sebavedomé slová o víťazstve, potom rozpačité ticho https://t.co/jHwrVvZ75r @PlusJEDENDEN pic.twitter.com/1raZZjdBov— Plus JEDEN DEŇ (@plusjedenden) November 5, 2017
A total of 29.96 percent of registered voters or 1.32 million people took part in the election, and no significant incidents were registered during the vote.
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Slovak regional self-governance bodies manage the budget of 1.25 billion euros ($1.45 billion) and administer hospitals, schools, museums, theaters, and regional highways.