By Pero Jolevski
In the Slovak Republic...
Slovakia's February 29 parliamentary election resulted in a major victory for the anti-corruption political party, Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO), which took more than 25% of the total vote, replacing the ruling coalition led by the social democrat party, Direction (Smer-SD).
- Background: Smer had been in power for over a decade but came under fire following the 2018 murder of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova, after Kuciak reported on tax evasion and fraud among Slovak business leaders.
- Outlook: OĽaNO's leadership has agreed on a future government coalition to be comprised of three center-right parties hoping to form a ruling coalition with a 90-seat majority in the 150-seat parliament. As for ministerial posts, there has been little progress on which party will get which ministry and who will lead them.
On March 3, President Borut Pahor nominated a new prime minister, Janez Jansa, to lead the formation of a new government in Slovenia.
- Background: The new prime minister is a center-right veteran leader of the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) and has twice served in the post in prior governments. The outgoing center-left prime minister had led a minority government, but resigned due to a lack of support for new legislation.
- Outlook: The SDS previously won Slovenia’s 2018 parliamentary election, but other groups refused to cooperate due to concerns over anti-immigrant positions. The newly formed government has stated that its 2-year term will focus on "compromise solutions which all coalition partners agree on," namely deregulation of the economy and introduction of competition in education and healthcare.