The Czech and Slovak election results are similar as in both countries the dominant leftist party won but may be unable to find a coalition partner, and a coalition of centre-right parties may be formed.
In Slovakia, the Social Democratic SMER party of incumbent PM Robert Fico won about 35% of the votes and will have more than twice the seats of the second-largest party, but may be forced into opposition. However, the largest party will be given the first chance to try to put a cabinet together, having been nominated for the task by the Slovak president, Ivan Gasporovic.
Unlike the Czech Republic, Slovakia has a premier-presidential system (the variant of semi-presidentialism in which the PM and cabinet depend on the exclusive confidence of the parliamentary majority).
In a statement the day after the election (quoted in the Jerusalem Post print edition, 13 June), said in regards to giving the largest party the first chance to try to form a government: “It’s a tradition I would like to stick to.”
Gasparovic was re-elected to a second term in April, 2009, as the candidate of the SMER and allied parties. He is the country’s second president since the move from parliamentarism to semi-presidentialism in 1998.