Slovak elections, March 5, 2016
Many surprises. Three anti-establishment parties made it. Several (depending on how you count) of the eight parties that will be in the parliament have nationalistic tendencies, or worse. One description:
Marian Lesko, a political analyst, said the election results showed that Slovaks were growing tired of the old political order, with ties to corruption and scandals, and had decided to vote against “the system.”
“It’s something that happened in the Czech Republic in the last elections — the political dinosaurs are leaving,” Mr. Lesko said on TV Markiza. “New faces are coming into politics. We will have to get used to them.”
Before election day, many observers felt Fico was set to cruise to victory for a third term as prime minister. But Smer’s poll numbers saw a steady decline since the start of the year. The party’s 28 percent share of the vote is 16 percentage points lower than its 2012 haul that saw it form a single-party government.
Fico repeatedly sought to emphasize the dangers posed by refugees and the party campaign slogan was “We Protect Slovakia.” However, strikes by teachers and a walkout by nurses this year radically recast the campaign and put the focus on topics where Smer performs poorly with the public.
Looking at the preferential votes of some of the candidates who are worth watching, it is apparent that #SIET and Most did not meet expectations: