Matovič holds all the trump cards

The rest of the potential ruling coalition is left at his mercy.

Fico (left) and Matovič. Fico (left) and Matovič. (Source: SITA)

The key issue of this election had been solved even before the polling stations opened. Smer could have hoped at most in having a blocking minority with the far-right ĽSNS, and that option ended in the only place it deserved to be - the land of theory.

Now is the time for the height of the representative democracy: juggling with parliamentary chips and playing with various majorities in the parliament of 150 MPs.

The basics are clear to anyone who can count to 76 - there can be no coalition without OĽaNO, which puts Igor Matovič in a position of extraordinary comfort.

He has enough mandates for a constitutional majority of 90 votes with Boris Kollár of Sme rodina, Richard Sulík of Freedom and Solidarity and Andrej Kiska of Za Ľudí. Then there are three different ways to achieve a simple majority - without Kollar, without Kiska, or without Sulik.

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

He was almost murdered. Instead, he is to become general prosecutor

It was not clear whether the election would take place on December 3 until the very last moment.

Maroš Žilinka

News digest: No skiing in Slovakia at least until January

The coalition should meet to discuss the opening of schools, former police corps president travelled to Slovakia to be detained.

First snow appeared in Bratislava and caused traffic problems

Fico and Kotleba have not been fined for being maskless yet

The police are dealing with violent protesters, but no politician has been penalized for calling on people not to wear masks.

Ex-police chief Lučanský in handcuffs

He is one of the eight people facing charges after Operation Judas.

Milan Lučanský