March 30, 2019 / 10:55 PM / 8 months ago

Slovak ruling party candidate Sefcovic concedes defeat in presidential election

Slovakia's presidential candidate Maros Sefcovic arrives at the party's headquarters in Bratislava, Slovakia, March 30, 2019. REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovakia’s ruling party-backed candidate Maros Sefcovic conceded defeat in the euro zone country’s presidential election on Saturday.

Sefcovic, a vice-president the European Union’s executive Commission, told reporters he had called his rival, liberal lawyer Zuzana Caputova, to congratulate her on her victory.

Reporting by Jan Lopatka and Tatiana Jancarikova; Editing by Daniel Wallis

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