Slovakia’s populist opposition wins Parliamentary election

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The centre-right populist opposition claimed victory in the parliamentary election in Slovakia, ending the reign of the country’s long dominant but scandal-tainted leftist party that governed on an anti-immigration platform.

According to nearly complete results released by the Statistics Office yesterday, the Ordinary People group captured 25 per cent of the vote and 53 seats in the 150-seat Parliament in a move that steered the country to the right and could make a local ally of France’s far-right National Rally party led by Marine Le Pen a part of the governing coalition.

“We will try to form the best government Slovakia’s ever had,” Ordinary People chairman Igor Matovic told a cheering crowd of 2,000 supporters in a sports hall in his hometown of Trnava, located northeast of the capital.

Officials measured the temperature of every person coming over the new coronavirus fears. Slovakia hasn’t a single case confirmed yet.

The senior ruling leftist Smer-Social Democracy party led by former populist Prime Minister Robert Fico was in second with 18.3 per cent or 38 seats.

Smer has been in power for most of the past 14 years, winning big in every election since 2006. It gained 28.3 per cent in the last election in 2016 after campaigning on an anti-migrant ticket.