Slovakia - Fico remains PM & agrees to coalition

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Despite his center-left party losing its majority in Parliament last March 5, Prime Minister of Slovakia, Robert Fico, remains in power. Far-right extremists made a strong majority.  The strategy used by Fico to stay in power was to accept a coalition with three other parties. He is now staying for his third term as prime minister.

This all happened amidst a storm of corruption that has hit his party. This third term will allow Fico to remain as the EU’s rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. The idea of forming a coalition with the three other parties, according to Fico, is with the idea of forming a new government.

Fico announced a government with both left- and right-winged members. One important aspect of the plan Fico and the coalition have ahead of them is making money-spending more transparent. Fico has commented on the program saying, "it takes into account priorities regarding the fight against corruption, strengthening of business environment and maintaining elements of the welfare state that Smer (Fico’s left-winged party) insisted on.”

The other three parties that have agreed to work with Fico are the Slovak National Party (SNS), which is a nationalist party, Most-Híd and Siet’, both center-right parties. Now the challenge is to try to establish unity and try to cooperate with so heterogeneous and conflicting parties.

This coalition is expected to have 82 seats in parliament. The coalition is likely to work like this: Smer would be responsible for finance and foreign ministry, transport and economy is sought by Most-Híd and the SNS is very likely to be assigned defense.

Mr. Fico ruled the country from 2006 to 2010. He came back to the prime minister position on 2012 and has been in that position since then.  

 

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