Slovak president to ask OLANO to form coalition government after election win

Slovak president to ask OLANO to form coalition government after election win
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  • calendar-gray 04 March 2020

 Slovakia’s President Zuzana Caputova will on Wednesday ask election winner Igor Matovic, leader of the anti-graft Ordinary People party (OLANO), to head talks on forming a government, she said, APA reports quoting Reuters.

Caputova met with the heads of OLANO’s potential coalition partners on Tuesday. “They expressed readiness to continue talks with the OLANO leader on the creation of a new government,” she said on Facebook. 

In a fragmented vote on Sunday, OLANO - a politically amorphous, pro-European Union and pro-NATO movement - won 25%, beating center-left Smer, which has dominated Slovakian politics for over a decade into second place with 18.3%. 

Support for OLANO, campaigning on a strong anti-graft message, surged in the final weeks of the campaign, rising from less than 6% late last year. 

Matovic, 46, will seek to form a four-party coalition. 

His prospective partners are: Sme Rodina (We are Family), a socially conservative party that placed third; the liberal SaS (Freedom and Solidarity) party; and the centrist Za Ludi (For the People) of former president Andrej Kiska. 

The coalition would hold a clear majority in parliament with 95 of 150 seats, but analysts have said it could be fragile. 

Matovic, a lawmaker since 2010 who is known for publicity stunts, calls himself a social conservative and economic liberal but declines to put political labels on his OLANO party.

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