Leftist opposition wins big in Slovakia election
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Preliminary results show a leftist opposition party in Slovakia is heading for a landslide victory in an early parliamentary election.
With the votes from about two thirds of all polling stations counted by the Statistics Office early Sunday, Smer-Social Democracy of former Prime Minister Robert Fico is a clear winner with 46 percent of the vote, or 86 seats in the 150-seat Parliament.
The result would allow Fico to govern alone.
Fico, a populist leader, is pledging to maintain a welfare state, increase corporate tax and hike income tax for the highest earners.
The outgoing center-right, four-party coalition would combine for just 48 seats as it faced voter anger over a major corruption scandal. The new Ordinary People would win 16 seats.