March 16, 2018
Pellegrini to succeed Fico
Peter Pellegrini, currently minister for investment, will succeed Robert Fico as Slovak PM. President Andrej Kiska really had no choice but to nominate Peter Pellegrini, as Fico presented him with the signatures of a majority of MPs in support of Pellegrini: 79 MPs from the three parties of the governing coalition, Fico's Smer (social democrat), SNS (nationalist), and Most-Híd (liberal, Hungarian minority), out of 150 MPs in the national parliament. The opposition worries that Fico will continue to run the country behind the scenes. Pellegrini is a loyal lieutenant whom Fico described as a personal friend. Comparisons to Poland's Jaroslaw Kaczynski or the Putin/Medvedev duo abound.