Slovak Premier Offers to Quit If His Party Can Stay in Power

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 15, 2018

"If the president agrees with it, I am ready to file a resignation letter tomorrow", Fico added.

Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico has offered to resign amid increasing pressure following the killing last month of a journalist investigating political corruption.

The crisis was prompted by the deaths of Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova.

It's the right of President Andrej Kiska to name prime ministers, and he has called for either a major revamp of the cabinet or early elections to calm the situation.

Fico has been fighting to keep his three-party government intact after coming under pressure to call a snap election.

Police said Kuciak's death was "most likely" related to his investigation on ties between Slovakia's top politicians and Italy's 'Ndrangheta mafia.

The protesters have demanded Prime Minister Robert Fico and the rest of his government resign. Their murders sent shockwaves across the country and the EU. According to Kuciak's last unfinished story, one of the businessmen had worked with two people who worked in Fico's office.

"There are fears that the crisis could result in early elections, which would be accompanied by chaos and instability in these emotional circumstances", Fico told reporters in the capital Bratislava, on Wednesday. "We don't trust them to guarantee an independent investigation". Instead, demonstrators have called for a "new trustworthy government".

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