Scientist and businessman Robert Mistrík has withdrawn his candidacy for the Slovak presidency, and has put his support behind erstwhile rival Zuzana Čaputová.
“Čaputová has more support than me,” Mr Mistrík said. “My ambition is for Slovakia to have a decent and smart president.”
According to the latest opinion polls, Ms Čaputová has the support of 23.5 per cent of the electorate, with social democrat Maroš Šefčovič in second with the 20.5 per cent, followed by Mr Mistrík (15 per cent) and independent candidate Štefan Harabin (10.5 per cent).
Mr Mistrík and Mrs Čaputová respected the the agreement made earlier this year, when they decided that one of them would withdraw from the race to prevent both Mr Šefčovič and Mr Harabin from getting to the second round.
“It is not about the two of us now. It’s about the future for all of us,” continued Mr Mistrík.
The first round of Slovakia’s presidential election takes place on March 16.