Smer celebrated its 20th anniversary at a congress held in Bratislava’s Incheba venue on December 7. Its chair Robert Fico was not present for the first time in history.
Shortly before it began, he went to the hospital, referring to the problems with high pressure, the Sme daily reported.
As a result, the congress was led by incumbent PM and leader of Smer’s slate for the 2020 general election, Peter Pellegrini. He stressed in his speech that Smer wants to win the election for the fifth time.
This may be the hardest campaign for the party though, due to the criticism of the opposition and media.
Fico has had problems for some time
Fico did not return to the congress. Pellegrini told the journalists that he is stabilised and his blood pressure is under control, Sme reported.
9. Dec 2019 at 13:42 | Compiled by Spectator staff