Only Fico can form a strong coalition govt, poll shows

Hlas will be key for the formation of a new government.

The first September public opinion poll shows that Smer is no longer growing, but the fragmentation of parties on the other side of the political spectrum is aiding the former ruling party led by Robert Fico.

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The poll was carried out between September 5 and 10 by NMS Market Research for the Sme daily. In the coming days, two or three more public opinion polls carried out by other polling agencies will be released.

The Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), the liberal party SaS, and the conservative coalition OĽaNO-KÚ-ZĽ, would not get into parliament.

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Smer would come first in the race, with 22 percent.

Fico, who has been using illegal migration as a topic to his advantage in recent weeks, would be the only leader able to form a coalition government. He would most likely team up with Hlas, led by Smer renegades including its leader Peter Pellegrini, and the Slovak National Party (SNS). Like Fico, SNS leader Andrej Danko is notorious for his pro-Russia views. Moreover, both admire the way Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán runs Hungary.

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