Ultra-nationalist Marian Kotleba was not expected to win the regional poll
A right-wing extremist has been elected regional governor of Banska Bystrica in central Slovakia.
Marian Kotleba won 55.5% of the vote in the run-off against Vladimir Manka from the Smer-Social Democrat party.
Mr Kotleba is a former leader of a banned far-right organisation who now leads the ultra-nationalist Our Slovakia party.
He has previously organised marches against Slovakia's Roma minority.
The now-banned neo-Nazi party which Mr Kotleba formerly led had expressed sympathy for the Nazi puppet state which ruled Slovakia during World War II.
The former teacher has called for Slovakia to withdraw from Nato, which his party brands a "terrorist" organisation.
Of Slovakia's other seven regions, six were won by the social democrats, the party of the Prime Minister Robert Fico, according to AP.
A National Socialist governor! You see, it CAN be done. But it won't happen unless we MAKE it happen. Somebody isn't going to do it for us.
We can't win if we don't run. It's all up to us - and that means YOU!
If you're the type that sits around griping about things and doing little else, then it will NEVER happen here.
If you are willing to try, contact us. We can help. If it's the cost, don't worry. After all you won't be running for president or senator. Low level offices usually have no filing fee and the campaign can be the cost of a few hundred fliers.
I like to repost the following every now and again because it says so much. I really wish I knew who the author of this little gem is because it says so much.
This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job.
Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.
That just about says it all.