Slovakia to get its most conservative parliament

Where does that leave reproductive rights?

Ordinary People and Independent Personalities presenting their slate. Igor Matovič in the middle, Anna Záborská is first from left.Ordinary People and Independent Personalities presenting their slate. Igor Matovič in the middle, Anna Záborská is first from left. (Source: Sme)

The liberal worldview seemed to be gaining momentum in Slovakia last spring. First, Zuzana Čaputová was elected the first-ever female president. The party she was the deputy chair of until then, Progressive Slovakia, in coalition with the more moderate Spolu, won the European Parliament election and continued polling around 15 percent.

SkryťRemove ad
Article continues after video advertisement
SkryťRemove ad
Article continues after video advertisement

One year later, Slovakia has elected its new parliament and it is plain to see just from the list of elected MPs that liberal politics is not going to prevail.

Quite the contrary. Many observers have labelled it the most conservative parliament in Slovakia's modern history. One of the reasons why this is so is the failure of the Progressive Slovakia and Spolu coalition to make it to parliament by a very narrow margin – they lacked 926 votes. Their 200,000-plus votes of mostly liberal voters will thus not have parliamentary representation.

>> Read more about the 2020 parliamentary election here.

This has provoked concerns not only among the voters of PS/Spolu but also among advocates of women's rights, about which the conservatives in the parliament would vote in the agenda like abortion restrictions. At the same time, observers say the parliament cannot be expected to extend the rights of same-sex couples in any way.

Igor Matovič, the potential future Slovak prime minister, tried to dispel these concerns after his March 2 meeting with President Čaputová. Out of the 53 MPs in the caucus of his OĽaNO movement, about 10-15 are liberal-leaning, he said.

“These could represent the PS/Spolu voters,” Matovič suggested. OĽaNO is not a typical party and over his ten years in politics, Matovič has made it his trademark to compose the slate of the movement of people from different walks of life, with different opinions and worldview.

SkryťRemove ad

Registered partnerships are not a topic

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

Top stories

News digest: Slovakia honours fallen miners

A problem with Russian oil supplies fixed. Slovakia has no cardinal.


2 h
Marek Stankovič and Daniel Duranka, two of the three top managers of Pixel Federation.

Slovak videogame company sees record revenues during pandemic

The company incorporates ecology through video games.


9. aug
The Great Pyramid of Giza.

Are there hidden chambers in the Pyramids? Slovaks could help find them

Scientists are studying ancient monuments using a method based on gravity.


8. aug
SkryťClose ad