Slovakia's Fico loses majority amid extreme right gains

Slovakia’s leftist Prime Minister Robert Fico said Sunday he would begin difficult coalition talks after winning elections on an anti-refugee platform but losing his parliamentary majority. With 99 percent of votes counted, Fico’s Smer-Social Democrats (Smer-SD) party had 49 seats, down sharply from his comfortable 83-seat majority in the 150 member parliament. Having earlier dubbed the result a “big mishmash” of parties, Fico announced the start of coalition talks.

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