Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico resigned on March 15 among the political scandal caused by homicide of reporter Jan Kuciak. A statement on it was made by President Andrej Kiska. The new cabinet is to be formed by Deputy Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini, Bild reports.
As EADaily reported earlier, Fico presented three pre-conditions for his resignation. First, the president must respect the outcomes of the 2016 elections when forming the new government. Second, the coalition agreement between parties representing a majority in the parliament must be observed. Third, a new head of the government must be chosen from members of the Fico-led Direction – Social Democracy party.
To remind, after the murder of Kuciak, Viliam Jasaň, the head of crisis management and state security at the Government's Office, Mária Trošková, prime minister’s aide, Marek Maďarič, Culture Minister, Roman Šipoš, Prime Minister’s chief of staff, resigned.
The crime caused mass protest actions urging resignation of Interior Minister Robert Kalinak and early parliamentary elections. In Bratislava only, more than 40,000 people participated in the rally on March 9.