The Prime Minister of Slovakia, Robert Fico, stepped down yesterday after many public protests took place following the murders of a Slovakian investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée. However, this move has not been seen good enough by many people and protests continue as people demand that the government dissolves and a snap election is called.
Fico’s ruling party SMER has a long and infamous history of dodgy links to oligarchs, and based on Kuciak’s last article also potentially to mafia. It’s safe to say they are possibly the most crooked party in the modern history of Slovakia. I despise SMER, I honestly do. I am ashamed they turned Slovakia into their private business and I completely disagree with their ideology.
But – the idea of the snap election scares me.
First of all, based on the latest polls, support for the LSNS – Nase Slovensko party is rising. LSNS is a neo-Nazi party, its members deny the Holocaust, they venerate the First Slovak State (i.e. the wartime Nazi state), and they advocate for the ethnic cleansing of Slovakia’s Roma minority. This is the main reason why I cannot support the snap election (as opposed to many angry people on my Facebook timeline). We, as the society, cannot let the history repeat itself.
At the moment, SMER still remains the strongest party in the Parliament as well as the government, and I see no other alternative. Out of the three parties I could potentially vote for based on their political orientation, i.e. centre-right, two are completely out of the question.
SAS is a liberal party I could support in theory, but it is led by the most Eurosceptic politician in the Slovakian politics (excluding LSNS). Moreover, Sulik, SAS’ leader, also held secret talks with LSNS in the past. In my view no decent human being should ever negotiate with Nazis, so I have no respect for him whatsoever. Another centre-right party, OLANO, is led by Igor Matovic, a guy who is as mentally stable as Donald Trump, which means another big no-no from me.
Lastly, there’s MOST that is in the current government coalition together with Fico’s SMER and SNS (right-wing nationalist party). Having betrayed the centre-right, their popularity declined significantly over the past two years, and they may not make it to the next parliament. I, however, do understand their reasons for 1) forming the coalition in the first place 2) not backing down and opposing the early election, as that is the only way to prevent complete chaos in the political scene. All I can hope for is that MOST is still electable in two years’ time when the next parliamentary election is planned, as otherwise I may have to find myself voting for SMER, an idea that truly grosses me out, but if that prevents Slovakia from being run by the Nazis, or from leaving the EU, I am willing to do it (although reluctantly).