Slovakia – Government majority threatened

In Slovakia, the government’s parliamentary majority is under threat.

The 2010 election returned a four-party coalition, led by the SDKÚ-DS and including the KDH, SaS, and Most–Híd. This coalition originally held 79 of the 150 seats in the parliament. However, the Slovak Spectator reports that a KDH deputy defected to the opposition in January. Now, the SaS party has expelled the leader of one of its factions. Thus, the government has the support of 77 deputies.

The so-called Ordinary People faction originally had four members. To date, the three remaining members have pledged their continuing support for the government. However, they have said that if the faction leader forms a new party, then they will leave. This would mean that the government would no longer have a majority.

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