Leftist wins election, vows to back the euro
BRATISLAVA | Slovak leftist leader Robert Fico pledged Sunday to defend the euro after his party won the solid majority in parliamentary elections dominated by voter anger over corruption.
Mr. Fico, whose Smer-sd party picked up 83 seats in the 150member parliament, will be the first leader to have the overall majority since Slovakia gained independence in 1993.
He said his plans to tax the rich and boost social welfare would not be at odds with the eurozone drive to end the debt crisis.
“The program will be proEuropean,” said Mr. Fico, who ushered Slovakia into the eurozone during his first stint as premier from 2006 to 2010. “We want the eurozone preserved and the euro as a strong European currency.”
His party won 44.4 percent of the vote, well ahead of the outgoing SDKU-DS, which saw its support dwindle to just over 6 percent.
Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic said Sunday he would ask Mr. Fico to form a government, but gave no date.