Fico has been defeated by a man he used to call a clown

The responsibility of the new government will be immense.

Igor Matovič during election night in Trnava.Igor Matovič during election night in Trnava. (Source: TASR)

Robert Fico and his Smer has gone undefeated in parliamentary elections since 2006. Always the highest vote-count, almost always the one to decide how the ruling coalition would look like, the only party in history that got the power only for itself for one entire term in 2012.

This is not to say that Fico has not tasted defeat yet. Most notably in the 2014 presidential election, when Andrej Kiska beat him in the run-off round, which made him Fico's arch-enemy ever since.

Related articleLive updates: Exit poll shows a debacle for ruling coalition Read more 

Losing to Kiska is not quite the same as losing to Igor Matovič, the man Fico has repeatedly called a clown, a fool and a psychopath. Fico, who has not shown his face in the public on election night, is not quite the same as he was in 2014 either, but looking at Matovič delivering his victory speech is still a blow, especially since it came literally out of the blue.

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Theme: Igor Matovič

Read more articles by the topic
This article is also related to other trending topics
Election

Top stories

The mass testing in Nitra.

News digest: Results from weekend nationwide testing still not out

The parliamentary committee recommends one candidate for new police chief. NASA picks a picture by Slovak photographer as its Astronomy Picture of the Day.

1 h
Gábor Grendel (OĽaNO), Juraj Šeliga (Za Ľudí), and SaS MPs Marian Viskupič and Jana Bittó Cigániková.

Matovič government takes after Smer in lawmaking

The second-largest testing scheme of the whole population is underway in Slovakia. Government says they ordered enough vaccines. Layoffs of transnationals in Bratislava.

6 h
PM Igor Matovič (front) and Economy Minister Richard Sulík (back)

Hlas is gaining strength, along with Sulík’s SaS

At the same time, most people think PM Matovič is not managing the coronavirus crisis well.

8 h
US President Joe Biden

Biden really is waking up each morning with the goal of making things better

The new president is old and imperfect, but it's difficult to question his motives.

22 h