Slovakia’s ‘Erin Brockovich’ elected first female president, in rebuke of populism

(CNN)When Slovakia’s newly elected President Zuzana Caputova — the country’s first ever female head of state — delivered her acceptance speech on Saturday she immediately set herself apart from the wave of populist parties sweeping Europe. The murder — and subsequent trial of Slovak businessman Marian Kocner who was charged with ordering the killing — triggered some of the biggest protests seen in post-communist Slovakia and ultimately led to the resignation of Prime Minister Robert Fico. Then-President Andrej Kiska was also forced not to stand for a second term. The killings also motivated Caputova to run for office for the very first time, calling for an end to people “pulling the strings from behind (government),” Reuters reported. In a New …