For the first time in their history, Slovaks woke up on September 27, 1998 to find themselves living in an independent state with the real prospect of rule by a fully democratic government. The euphoria which greeted the crushing defeat of Vladimír Mečiar at the general elections at home was matched by praise from abroad. A massive 84 per cent of those eligible to vote had turned out at the polling stations, most with the aim of telling the world outside and the government at home that their aspirations were the same as their counterparts’ in the rest of Europe. No band of crooks and cronies was going to rob the Slovak people of its birthright. The elections were hailed as an affirmation of the democratic spirit in the face of adversity, and so they were.
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