Slovak PM silent after political blow

When Smer won six out of eight governorships in Slovakia, Prime Minister Robert Fico spoke up immediately after the results had gone public. But this year, four days after the elections, he remains silent.

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The ruling party in Slovakia -- Smer -- seems mysteriously unwilling to comment on Saturday’s regional elections. The party lost four out of their six governors, a crippling and possibly bellwether blow.

When Smer got the six out of eight governorships in Slovakia, Prime Minister Robert Fico spoke up immediately after the results had gone public. But this year, four days after the elections, he remains silent, and has yet to meet with journalists.

Some people say Fico is licking his wounds after the elections, feeling that he is gradually losing power. Others think he is merely devising a new gimmick to boost his popularity. Will Smer be willing to fire its most scandalous members, those linked to oligarchs and corruption scandals? Or will they risk another defeat in the next elections?

Details from the story:

  • The Slovak regional elections took place on November 4.
  • In Saturday's elections, Smer lost four governors, in favor of the opposition's younger leaders who are full of energy and ideas.
  • Political observers were puzzled by PM Fico's lack of reaction
  • Smer has been the ruling party in Slovakia for more than 10 years (save for a short period). It saw many corruption scandals that were never fully dealt with.
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