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Slovakia is approaching the end of the year with the resignation of the government and a vague knowledge of what will happen next. Long-term tensions in the Slovak governing coalition, which mainly revolved around the role of former prime minister and member of government Igor Matovič (OĽaNO), culminated in the cabinet fall last week. However, some lawmakers now oppose the call for early elections. What does this mean for Slovakia?

What will you hear at 5:59 in today’s episode?

  • Why did the Slovak government, which took office with a strong constitutional majority two years ago, fall?
  • How do Slovaks perceive the former prime minister and former finance minister Igor Matovič today?
  • How do they evaluate the top officials in Eduard Heger’s cabinet?

Slovakia is mired in a government crisis just before the Christmas holidays. The House of Representatives has expressed distrust of Eduard Heger’s cabinet. Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová later dismissed the government and temporarily authorized Heger to carry out his duties with limited powers. She also called for snap elections, she.

Even two years ago, Slovaks were optimistic about the OĽaNO movement. Led by Igor Matovič, the group won the elections by a landslide and formed a government with a strong constitutional majority. “But as a politician, Matovič was unpredictable and often badly surprised.” Columnist and commentator for SME Samo Marec newspaper.

Photo: Profimedia.cz

Pictured from right are Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger, Slovak Finance Minister Igor Matovič and Slovak Interior Minister Roman Mikulec (all OĽANO).

Thursday’s events prove it. The parties in the parliament have agreed not to give the government a vote of confidence if Matovič leaves his post as finance minister. He took the resignation to the de facto presidency and handed it over to the chancellor. But after a while he got it back. Supposedly because someone called him and convinced him to keep fighting the mafia.

“The direct result of this was the fall of the government because the agreement was not respected. And this is a very good example of what Matovič has always done,” says Marec.

“Ridiculous Situation”

At the same time, the commentator points out that even in this case, the cabinet should not fall according to the original plans. The vote of no confidence was provoked by the coalition party Freedom and Solidarity led by Richard Sulík. And the deputies wanted to use this to show that Heger was running with the support of “fascists, that is, those elected to Marian Kotleba’s party.”

In Sulík’s party, after the “unsuccessful” vote, ideas about rebuilding Heger’s cabinet are beginning to spread, rather than efforts to prepare for early elections.

Photo: Jozef Jakubčo / SME, Profimedia.cz

Publisher and commentator of the newspaper SME Samo Marec.

But according to Marc, after the unpredictable Igor Matovič and Robert Fic (SMER), who were accused of starting a criminal group, people most want peace. This will be reflected in the possible elections. “They will choose whoever promises them. Democratic principles or pro-Western orientation will be set aside,” he said.

According to the commentator, two years after the country’s change began, Slovaks are drowning in frustration and anger. “We don’t know how the elections will turn out. There is hope (that it will be good) but it’s pretty small.”

On the 5:59 podcast, you’ll also find out if former Prime Minister Robert Fico can return to head the Slovak government, or what support Igor Matovič and the OĽaNO party currently have in Slovakia. Listen to the audio at the beginning of the article.

Editor and Associate Editor: Pavel Vondra, Dominika Kubištova

Sound design and music: Martin Still

Sources of sound samples: RTVS, TA3, SME daily YouTube channel, Dennik N YouTube channel

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