Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FRANCE IN FOCUS

France's chronic umemployment problem

Read more

FOCUS

Portugal: Anger at corruption scandals, one year after bailout

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

Bistronomy: Stylish and simple eating

Read more

#THE 51%

The extraordinary tale of the Egyptian mother who lived as a man

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Erdogan: 'Turkey may provide logistical support to Saudi-led operation in Yemen'

Read more

#TECH 24

Singularity University: Plotting a high-tech future for humans?

Read more

ENCORE!

Sound Bites: Eating on tour with Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos

Read more

REVISITED

Video: A wind of freedom blowing in Kuwait

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Daniel Pipes: 'Obama has quite a hostility towards Israel'

Read more

Europe

Centre-left opposition claims victory, vows fiscal consolidation

Latest update : 2012-03-11

Slovakia's centre-left Smer party claimed victory in Saturday's legislative elections with almost 40% of the vote, just short of an outright majority. Party leader Robert Fico (pictured) vowed to adopt fiscal consolidation measures.

REUTERS - Slovakia’s centre-left Smer party won a parliamentary election on Saturday with almost 40 percent of the vote, but fell just short of taking an outright majority in parliament, exit polls showed.

A poll by Focus agency for Slovak state television showed Smer winning 39.6 percent of the vote and taking 75 of the legislature’s 150 seats. The Christian Democrats (KDH) were second with 9.9 percent.

Another exit poll by agency MVK for private Markiza TV showed Smer with 37.3 percent and 69 seats. KDH was again seen as second with 10.8.

Led by former Prime Minister Robert Fico, Smer was expected to take about 40 percent of the vote in pre-election opinion surveys. If confirmed, the result would mean Fico would need a coalition partner to form a majority cabinet.

Date created : 2012-03-11

  • SLOVAKIA

    Left tipped to win Slovak parliamentary poll

    Read more

  • EUROZONE

    Moody's slashes ratings for six eurozone nations

    Read more

  • EUROZONE

    Spain downgraded as Slovakia ratifies bailout fund

    Read more

COMMENT(S)