IT TOOK ten days for Robert Fico to admit that his party had not won the parliamentary election, despite the 35 percent of the vote which Smer received on June 12. The centre-right parties categorically refused to hold any official coalition talks with Fico and remained faithful to their pre-election promises to not enter a government with Smer.
President Ivan Gašparovič received Fico on June 23 to hear his admission that he was not be able to lead Slovakia’s next government. Upon leaving the presidential office, Fico told journalists that his government had completely fulfilled all its pre-election promises and had upheld the social standards of citizens.
“Our opponents can say whatever they like, we are leaving the country in a good condition,” Fico said, as quoted by the SITA newswire. “Whoever will behave appropriately can continue with good results,” he added.
The election leader of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), Iveta Radičová, was President Gašparovič’s next guest and she was asked to form the next government. It will consist of the four centre-right parties, which have been holding talks about a future coalition since the election results emerged. As a result, Radičová met the president already backed by a coalition agreement.
Robert Fico’s government will resign after the initial meeting of the new parliament, which the president convened for July 8. The coalition partners have until then to formulate their vision of how to run the country.
The new coalition presented a programme statement on June 23, and talks were scheduled to continue in order to reach agreement on the division of power within the next government.
28. Jun 2010 at 0:01 | Michaela Terenzani