The formal hand over of power has taken place in Slovakia following last month’s parliamentary election. The result was a big victory for the Smer party, which now has 83 seats in the 150-seat legislature.
The new PM is Robert Fico, the leader of Smer. The Slovak Spectator reports that he heads a single-party government, but that he has brought in four non-party ministers.
Even though President Ivan Gašparovič is officially non-partisan, he was re-elected last time with the support of Smer. The Slovak president is quite weak, but President Gašparovič was critical of the outgoing government and repeatedly vetoed legislation. In theory, he should veto fewer bills under the incoming government.