Slovakia’s president urged changes in government to wake of murder of journalist

Vastavam web: Slovakia’s president said on Sunday he would seek talks with parties and urged changes in government or early elections to renew public trust following the murder of an investigative journalist that has shaken the nation.Fico was quick to reject any shake-up, saying it would undermine the result of elections in 2016. President Andrej Kiska lacks formal powers to trigger the fall of the government but his comments could add to public pressure on it.

On Friday, thousands of people marched in the capital Bratislava and other cities for Kuciak, 27, who had been looking into suspected mafia links among Italian businessmen in eastern Slovakia before he was found shot dead with his fiancee Martina Kusnirova last weekend.“I will start talks with political leaders on how they imagine the future and how to renew the trust of people in their own state,” he said.He then advocated“an extensive and essential” remake of the government or a snap election.The leader of junior government member Slovak National Party, Andrej Danko, said afterward he was ready for dialogue.

Junior coalition Most-Hid (Bridge) party gave the interior minister until March 12 to resign or it may consider withdrawing its support for the government.
If Fico resigns, the government also falls. Kiska would then task the outgoing prime minister to rule until a new government is formed. Early elections can be triggered with the support of three fifths of lawmakers.Thirty lawmakers can also trigger a no-confidence motion, for which an absolute majority at least 76 votes in the 150-seat parliament are needed.