Why this story matters:
Fico's decade in power was considered a stabilizing element in Slovak politics, and his resignation could seriously rattle the political scene.
Commentators wonder whether his decision could be a result of Smer's long-lasting decrease in popularity. Is Fico afraid of losing the 2020 parliamentary elections? Is this the price his party will have to pay for ignoring corruption scandals?
Fico has been the face of Smer for as long as many Slovaks can remember. His absence will doubtless further weaken the party's dwindling popularity.
Details from the story:
- Robert Fico has been PM since 2006, with a short 2-year break in 2010 - 2012.
- In 2016, he underwent a major heart surgery. Afterwards, doctors advised him to relax more, due to the threat of a serious heart attack.
- Fico has not addressed the rumors. However, he had already planned to leave the PM office in 2014, when he decided to candidate for presidency. He was beaten by the entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrej Kiska.
- Fico will have to make up his mind about his bid to become a constitutional judge until autumn.