Slovakias new parliament to hold first session within 30 days of elections.

By bne IntelliNews March 13, 2012
Slovakias new parliament will hold its first session no later than 30 days after the March 10 general elections, TASR news agency reported. The Slovak opposition social democrats Smer-SD, led by former PM Robert Fico, won a sweeping victory gaining the support of 44.41% of the Slovaks. Ficos party will have 83 seats in the 150-strong parliament and has thus become the first party to secure an absolute majority since Slovakia gained independence in 1993. Five other political parties passed the 5% barrier to enter into the Parliament. The Christian Democrats (KDH) gained 8.82% of the votes, accounting for 16 MPs, closely followed by the recently-established Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OL) by Igor Matovic with 8.55% of the vote and 16 mandates. Fourth came Most-Hid, which represents the interests of Slovak Hungarians, with a 6.89% backing and 13 parliamentary seats. Centre-right SDKU-DS of outgoing Prime Minister Iveta Radicova, who did not stand in the elections, won 6.09% of the votes, equal to 11 mandates. Liberal SaS (Freedom and Solidarity) gathered 5.88% of the votes and will also have 11 representatives in Parliament. Voter turnout reached 59.1%

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