BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — A populist former prime minister of Slovakia who plans to finish the nation’s navy help for Ukraine signed on Monday a coalition settlement with the leaders of two different events to type a brand new authorities.
Robert Fico and his leftist Smer, or Course, received the Sept 30 parliamentary election with 22.9% of the vote, taking 42 seats within the 150-seat legislature. He wanted to search out coalition companions to manipulate with a majority.
Fico inked a take care of Peter Pellegrini, the pinnacle of the left-wing Hlas, or Voice, get together, which positioned third within the election and has 27 seats, and the ultra-nationalist and pro-Russia Slovak Nationwide Social gathering, which has 10 lawmakers within the new parliament.
Pellegrini was beforehand a senior member of Fico’s get together however broke away to type Hlas after the scandal-tainted Smer misplaced the 2020 election. Their reunion was key to Fico’s capacity to type a authorities.
The three events agreed final week that Fico’s get together will appoint the prime minister and have six different ministers, opening the best way for Fico to function Slovakia’s head of presidency for the fourth time.
Hlas will get to call the parliamentary speaker and 7 Cupboard ministers, whereas the Slovak Nationwide Social gathering can have three ministers.
Fico mentioned the three events nonetheless must nominate their ministers earlier than he delivers the listing to President Zuzana Caputova, whose function it’s to swear within the new authorities.
Fico didn’t say when which may occur however repeated he hoped to signify Slovakia on the subsequent European Union leaders’ summit, scheduled for late subsequent week.
Fico campaigned on a pro-Russian and anti-American message. He has vowed to withdraw Slovakia’s navy help for Ukraine, and his victory may additional pressure the delicate unity within the European Union and NATO.
He beforehand mentioned he needs Slovakia to stay a member of the EU and NATO however with “full respect” for his nation’s sovereignty.
Smer can have the posts of the international, justice, protection and finance ministers, amongst others.
Fico mentioned Monday the international ministry “received’t communicate for international pursuits.”
Hlas can be in control of the inside, economic system and training ministries whereas the Slovak Nationwide Social gathering will get the tradition and atmosphere ministers.
Fico’s critics fear that his return to energy may lead Slovakia to desert its course in different methods, following the trail of Hungary beneath Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and to a lesser extent of Poland beneath the Legislation and Justice get together.