13 Jun 2010

Slovakia's centre-right opposition set to win election

4:06 pm on 13 June 2010

A coalition of centre-right opposition parties in Slovakia has won enough seats to unseat the current government.

The BBC reports that with almost all votes counted, Prime Minister Robert Fico's leftist Smer party has just over 35%, enough to gain 63 seats in the 150-seat parliament.

But three conservative parties and an ethnic Hungarian party are set to win 78 seats.

Growing public debt and a political fund-raising scandal may have dented Smer's popularity, analysts say.

Slovakia's worsening ties with Hungary also dominated the election campaign.

Turnout in the election was 58.7%.