Slovakia's left sweeps parliament elections

March 10, 2012, midnight

Slovakia’s Smer-Social Democracy party captured 83 of the 150 seats in the national assembly on Saturday, allowing the party to govern parliament without needing a coalition partner. This is the first time since the count’s 1993 independence that a party won enough seats to govern parliament by itself. Robert FICO, who leads Smer, has previously served as prime minister from 2006-2010. Slovakia’s four-party conservative coalition collapsed in October after they refused to contribute to the first bailout of Greece.

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