Slovak election 2010

It’s been a busy election season. On Sunday, there was a parliamentary election in Slovakia. The result seems almost like an echo of the recent Czech election, as the Prague Daily Monitor notes:

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.

One thought on “Slovak election 2010


    Is the Slovak system of PR, one nation wide district system, or a multi-member district system? Is it open or close party list?

    What would the results of the Slovak election been like if the threshold was at 4%? Two more parties would have gotten in. Would the Center Left Bloc have a majority with that threshold?

    What would happen if there was a higher threshold at 6%? The Slovak National Party would have not made it into parliament. Would it have been easier for Smer to try to form a minority government?

    It is a strange election in where the second largest parties looses seats, and the largest gains seats, and the largest party seats in opposition, and the second largest forms government? It seems like Slovakia now has a Scandinavia style party system.

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