Slovakia’s presidential vote can curb Fico – or embolden him

How Slovakia votes will determine whether Prime Minister Robert Fico can continue his anti-democratic direction unhindered, writes Lubica Pollakova.

The World Today Published 1 December 2023 Updated 20 December 2023 2 minute READ

The presidential elections in the spring of 2024 will follow shortly on from Prime Minister Robert Fico’s victory in the September 2023 parliamentary vote. While the president holds little power, the post holder can help set the tone of public debate and counter the government narrative.

The election will show how the public feels about Fico’s comeback, after being forced to resign after mass protests over the murder of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova in 2018.

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