President Ivan Gašparovič announced on Monday, June 14, that according to the Constitution, he could appoint a minority government. “But it will definitively not happen,” said the head of state, as quoted by the SITA newswire.
He made the statement after he asked Prime Minister Robert Fico, the leader of the election winner Smer, to try and form a new government.
The president will have separate talks with the leaders of all six political parties that made it to parliament after Saturday’s general election.
The president confirmed that if Smer leader Robert Fico fails to form a new government, he will surely accept also a potential agreement achieved by current opposition parties on forming a government if it is supported by signatures of the majority of the newly-elected members of parliament. The president set a deadline for Wednesday, June 23 for Fico to seek to create a government.
All four centre-right parties which succeed in the race have already announced they do not wish to talk with Fico about forming a future government with Smer.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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