Michal Kovac, first president of independent Slovakia, dies at 86

by Reuters
Wednesday, 5 October 2016 21:13 GMT

(Corrects first line to say .. Parkinson's disease ..not.. Alzheimer's disease)

BRATISLAVA, Oct 5 (Reuters) - The first president of independent, post-communist Slovakia, Michal Kovac, died on Wednesday aged 86 after suffering from Parkinson's disease, President Andrej Kiska said.

Kovac, an economist and banker, was elected by lawmakers after the amicable break-up of Czechoslovakia in 1993, four years after the Velvet Revolution toppled socialism.

(Reporting By Tatiana Jancarikova, Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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