Poll call for Slo­vakia

The Cairns Post - - WORLD -

SLO­VAK Prime Min­is­ter Robert Fico is fac­ing pres­sure to agree to an early elec­tion with his coali­tion crum­bling in the face of mass protests.

The demon­stra­tions have been prompted by the mur­der of a young jour­nal­ist who spe­cialised in ex­pos­ing cor­rup­tion.

The cen­tral Euro­pean na­tion stum­bled into cri­sis late last month with the killing of Jan Ku­ciak, who fo­cused on tax fraud in­volv­ing po­lit­i­cally con­nected busi­ness­men, and Slo­vakia’s in­te­rior min­is­ter re­signed on Mon­day.

The protests have been the largest since the end of com­mu­nist rule nearly 30 years ago.

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