Slovak president to ask PM Fico to form coalition government

Slovak President Kiska will ask Prime Minister Fico, winner of Saturday's parliamentary election, to form coalition government with opposition parties

Photo by: AP (Archive )
Photo by: AP (Archive )

Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico bows his head as he arrives for an EU summit at the EU Council building in Brussels on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.

Slovak President Andrej Kiska announced on Monday he will ask Prime Minister Robert Fico to form a coalition government with opposition parties following Saturday's election.

"I have decided ... that already tomorrow I will ask the chairman of the Smer party, which won the most votes in the election, to create a government and a majority coalition that would back such government," Kiska told reporters.

After the election Fico's leftist Smer party gained majority of votes but lost its parliamentary majority.

Fico faces a difficult period to get enough support between the eight parties that won seat in the parliament and some of parties rejects to work together with Fico or one another.

The election results showed that Fico's Smer-Social Democrats (Smer-SD) party gained 28.3 percent (49 seats) of the votes, meaning Fico lost his 83-seat majority in the 150-member parliament. 

Liberal Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS) won 21 seats and conservative OLANO-NOVA took 19 seats.

Richard Sulik, leader of the Freedom and Solidarity Party, addresses the media in reaction to the first preliminary results of the general elections at its party's headquarters in Bratislava, Slovakia, Saturday, March 5, 2016. (AP)

Analysts say corruption scandals and protests by teachers and nurses against low pay cost Fico's party, being the main reasons behind losing its majority in the parliament.

As a member of the European Union, Slovakia will take over the bloc’s presidency for six months in July, giving the country a crucial role in the 28-nation bloc. Because of this the election was followed closely by Brussels.

Fico also known for his anti-refugee stance -along with Hungary's Viktor Orban and Poland's Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

An anti-refugee rally in Bratislava, Slovakia. (AFP Archive)

Robert Fico who calls multi-culturalism “fiction” vowed to not accept EU quotas on distributing tens of thousands of refugees who are sheltered in Greece and Italy and come from war-torn countries such as Syria and Afghanistan.

Furthermore, Slovak opposition parties largely agree with Fico’s views that Muslims cannot “integrate” into predominantly Catholic countries and consider them a “security threat.”

TRTWorld and agencies