Fico Gathers Opposition Party Leaders For Talks

Slovak parliament - Smer's new bastion (c) Tibor Macak, The Daily

On Thursday prime minister in waiting Robert Fico will meet with the 5 opposition party leaders for round-table talks on co-operation and support with certain government policies.

All parliamentary party leaders have accepted the invitation to talks in the government building in Zupne Square, while earlier ruling out any chance of forming a coalition with Fico’s Smer-SD party.

The extent of the co-operation will depend on individual parties as their policies differ in many cases. Fico and his new government will therefore probably see support from specific parties for most of its laws, even though with a clear parliamentary majority it doesn’t particular need it.

Chairman of the SDKU party, Mikulas Dzurinda, expressed confusion about what kind of co-operation was to be discussed, given that Smer-SD has 83 of the 150 seats in parliament. He announced this week that he would not be re-running for the post of party chairman, however.

The party heads will most likely also touch on the issue of which posts the opposition will hold in parliament and in the various parliamentary committees, for instance.

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