Robert Fico’s are preparing to govern

The Direction-Social Democracy (Smer-SD), led by former Prime Minister Robert Fico, would win the Slovak elections with 19.1 percent of the votes if they were held now, according to a recent survey published yesterday. The party of former Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini’s Hang-Szotialdemokrácia (Hlas-SD), which broke away from Smer-SD, would finish in second place with 17 percent. Together, the two would win 64 seats in the 150-member parliament. Together with a third party, such as the radical right-wing Republic (7.1 percent, 13 seats), which has been mentioned as a possible coalition partner, they would already have a government majority.

All of this is important because, in the current situation, it is not at all ruled out that an early election will take place instead of the elections due in February 2024.

The four-party right-liberal coalition shrunk to a three-party coalition on Monday, after the tension that had built up over the past two and a half years reached its peak, and the liberal Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) withdrew, satisfying internal disputes. Richard Sulík, president of the SaS, Minister of Economy, Foreign Minister Ivan Korcok, Minister of Justice Mária Kolíková and Branislav Gröhling, head of the Ministry of Education, left the government. The governing parties have only 68 representatives left. According to the survey, two of the three governing parties would just cross the five percent threshold necessary to enter parliament.

Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger. (Photo: DPA/AFP/Nicolas Armer)

According to Prime Minister Eduard Heger, government can be continued even in a minority, the opposition democratic parties would provide the necessary majority for government, as the solution to the energy crisis is in the interest of all parties. The prime minister ruled out cooperation with the representatives of Republika and the radical right-wing We Slovakian People’s Party in the parliamentary elections. Heger also called it important to adopt the laws related to the post-coronavirus recovery plan, which will be submitted to the legislature in the fall, and he assumes that SaS will also support them. – Our country is in a difficult situation, and great trials await Slovakia. A functioning government is needed – emphasized President Zuzana Caputová, giving no indication that she was preparing to call new elections.

Former Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini. (Photo: AFP/Ludovic Marin)

At the same time, opposition leader Peter Pellegrini announced a few days ago: if Eduard Heger is planning a minority government, he should request a vote of confidence from the parliament, because it would clearly show whether he enjoys the confidence of the opposition parties to continue governing. “Let’s agree on early elections, and I guarantee that until then, most of the opposition will support the government’s decisions that benefit the people,” he added.

“If the minority government will not work, it will not make sense to continue,” declared last week the Speaker of the House Boris Kollár, the leader of the conservative party We Are Family, which has twenty representatives. As he said, he considers the most important thing to be preparing for the energy crisis: if the government will not be able to help the people, an early election will be necessary.

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