Slovak occasion PS says it should nonetheless attempt to kind coalition after Fico win By Reuters

© Reuters. Progressive Slovakia occasion chief Michal Simecka attends a press convention after the nation’s early parliamentary elections, in Bratislava, Slovakia, October 1, 2023. REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) – Liberal occasion Progresivne Slovensko (Progressive Slovakia, PS), which received the second highest variety of votes in a Slovak parliamentary election, nonetheless sees an choice to kind a ruling coalition, its chief Michal Simecka stated on Sunday.

Simecka, talking after the Saturday election, stated PS would do what it will possibly to stop vote winner SMER-SSD from forming a authorities.

SMER-SSD, led by former prime minister Robert Fico, who campaigned on pledges to finish navy help to Ukraine, received 22.94% of the vote, with outcomes from 99.98% of voting districts counted on Sunday.

PS got here in second with 17.96%, and 5 different events additionally received seats.

“SMER-SSD received the election, we after all respect that,” Simecka advised a information convention.

“However on the identical time we consider that that is very dangerous information for Slovakia. And it might be even worse information if Robert Fico succeeds in forming a authorities,” he added.

“We’ll do all the things…in order that Robert Fico doesn’t rule in Slovakia.”

He stated he would attain out to different occasion leaders to debate a approach ahead, and acknowledged that third-placed leftist occasion HLAS (Voice) had a key place.

“Principally two life like coalitions exist: One is led by SMER and the potential different one made up of Progressive Slovakia and different companions, Simecka stated.

HLAS saved its choices open after the election outcome turned clear earlier on Sunday. SMER-SSD referred to as a information convention for 1:00 p.m. (1100 GMT) to debate the election outcomes.

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