Slovak President asks PM Fico to form new government

Gasparovic said he wanted Prime Minister Robert Fico, whose leftist party SMER won the most votes in a general election on Saturday, to try to form a new government.

Slovak President asks PM Fico to form new government

Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic said on Sunday he wanted Prime Minister Robert Fico, whose leftist party SMER won the most votes in a general election on Saturday, to try to form a new government.

Slovakia's ruling leftist Smer party came out on top in a general election but without enough seats to beat a centre-right opposition coalition, near-final results showed Sunday.

"I want to ask the winner of the election to try form the government ... It is a tradition which I will not break," Gasparovic said.

Of six parties which obtained enough votes to win seats in parliament, Smer, led by Prime Minister Robert Fico, took 34.87 percent of the vote, gaining 62 seats in the 150-seat parliament, the statistics office said, with 99 percent of votes counted.

But the results gave 79 of parliament's 150 seats to four centre-right and ethnic Hungarian parties.


Agencies


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