New Government: Slovak ex-prime minister signs coalition deal with 2 other parties to form a new government

BRATISLAVA: A populist former prime minister of Slovakia who plans to finish the nation’s navy assist for Ukraine signed on Monday a coalition settlement with the leaders of two different events to type a new authorities. Robert Fico and his leftist Smer, or Course, gained the Sept 30 parliamentary election with 22.9% of the vote, taking 42 seats within the 150-seat legislature. He wanted to search out coalition companions to manipulate with a majority.
Fico inked a cope with Peter Pellegrini, the top of the left-wing Hlas, or Voice, occasion, which positioned third within the election and has 27 seats, and the ultra-nationalist and pro-Russia Slovak Nationwide Social gathering, which has 10 lawmakers within the new parliament.
Pellegrini was beforehand a senior member of Fico’s occasion however broke away to type Hlas after the scandal-tainted Smer misplaced the 2020 election. Their reunion was key to Fico’s potential to type a authorities.
The three events agreed final week that Fico’s occasion will appoint the prime minister and have six different ministers, opening the best way for Fico to function Slovakia’s head of presidency for the fourth time.
Hlas will get to call the parliamentary speaker and 7 Cupboard ministers, whereas the Slovak Nationwide Social gathering could have three ministers.
Fico stated the three events nonetheless must nominate their ministers earlier than he delivers the checklist to President Zuzana Caputova, whose position it’s to swear within the new authorities.
Fico did not say when that may occur however repeated he hoped to characterize Slovakia on the subsequent European Union leaders’ summit, scheduled for late subsequent week.
Fico campaigned on a pro-Russian and anti-American message. He has vowed to withdraw Slovakia’s navy assist for Ukraine, and his victory might additional pressure the delicate unity within the European Union and NATO.
He beforehand stated he needs Slovakia to stay a member of the EU and NATO however with “full respect” for his nation’s sovereignty.
Smer could have the posts of the international, justice, protection and finance ministers, amongst others.
Fico stated Monday the international ministry “will not converse for international pursuits.”
Hlas will probably be answerable for the inside, economic system and training ministries whereas the Slovak Nationwide Social gathering will get the tradition and setting ministers.
Fico’s critics fear that his return to energy may lead Slovakia to desert its course in different methods, following the trail of Hungary beneath Prime Minister Viktor Orban and to a lesser extent of Poland beneath the Legislation and Justice occasion.

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