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'Ivan Gasparovic re-elected as Slovak president'

Ivan Gasparovic was re-elected Slovakia’s president in runoff election with 55.53 per cent of the vote, according to final results published by the statistics office.

world Updated: Apr 05, 2009 08:50 IST

Ivan Gasparovic was re-elected Slovakia’s president in runoff election with 55.53 per cent of the vote, according to final results published by the statistics office.

His challenger, opposition candidate Iveta Radicova, got 44.47 per cent of the votes cast.

The turnout exceeded 51 per cent of more than four million registered voters on Saturday.

Official results were expected to be confirmed by the national election committee later on Sunday.

“The Slovak citizens respect me and I didn’t disappoint them -- that’s what decided the election,” Gasparovic said after the results were announced.

“I am thankful to all the people and I promise I will always work for them,” the 68-year-old lawyer added.

Radicova, a 52-year-old sociologist, conceded defeat and congratulated Gasparovic.

The former labour, social affairs and family minister let it be understood she’ll stay in the political arena, though.

“Almost one million votes -- I view the support of so many people as a challenge, as a responsibility, as a new beginning,” she said.