Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Fico: Smer-SNS cooperation fundamental for a stable cabinet

Smer’s leader continues to hold official talks about a future government, but centre-right representatives meet too.

Smer's leader Robert Fico (l) and SNS chair Andrej Danko (r)(Source: TASR)

THE BASIC prerequisite for creating a stable government in Slovakia following the March 5 general election is cooperation between Smer and the Slovak National Party (SNS).

“We concur on this,” Prime Minister and Smer’s chair Robert Fico said, after meeting with SNS leader Andrej Danko on March 9, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

Earlier that day Fico was officially appointed by President Andrej Kiska to negotiate the creation of a new government as leader of the winning party. A deadline of March 18 for the conclusion of this process was set. Representatives of Sieť and Most-Híd have already declined an invitation to the talks.

Fico continued that both parties have a positive view of a strong role of the state and they also agree on defending the national interests.

Read also: Read also:Smer leader has 1.5 weeks to form government

“At the same time I respect all existing differences between us,” Fico said, as quoted by TASR, adding that he sees scope for further talks with SNS. “This was a basic meeting, further ones must be based on this.”

Following the meeting with Fico, Danko pointed out that there is a real possibility that no functioning government will be set up due to the election results.

“The election has shown that it’s possible to gain votes pretty easily using ‘media politics’,” Danko said, as quoted by TASR. “It’s easy to deceive voters, it can take just a few months.”

In the election Smer won 49 seats in parliament, while SNS secured 15, so this is a far cry from reaching a majority of 76 in the 150-member house.

Meanwhile, the chair of the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party Richard Sulík continued to hold unofficial talks with leaders of other parliamentary parties, meeting with Sieť’s Radoslav Procházka. Sulík called the meeting constructive, the Sme daily reported on its website.

Procházka responded that the unofficial talks are “going well”, Sme wrote.

Topic: Election


Top stories

Daughter to father: I’m going to kill you

Children are often manipulated against their parents while authorities decide about divorces and custody.

Who will stand up for journalists in Turkish prisons?

Journalists living in countries where politicians (for now) do not send people to prison for their opinions, who only sigh in relief that they are lucky this story does not concern them, are deeply mistaken.

Protesters in front of the court building.

Camping in a tree? Try it in Bratislava

A creaking wooden floor and the wind swaying the branches of trees around you. Have you ever wondered how it would feel to spend a night in a tree house?

The tree-house at Kačín

Bratislava’s main railway station is getting a face lift

The derelict station still has to wait for its complete rebuild though.

The main railway station in Bratislava.