As Slovakia’s coalition crisis enters its fourth week, Prime Minister Igor Matovič (Ordinary People/OĽaNO) has offered to exchange posts with finance minister and party colleague, Eduard Heger, in order to smooth over disagreements with three other coalition partners.
Heger will attempt to gain the support of all four governing parties and confirmed he would be meeting with the leadership of all coalition partners, including the junior party in government, the Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS), whose three ministers already stepped down from their posts last week.
Negotiations with SaS will be difficult, particularly since the party initially confirmed that it would not join a government where Matovič holds a ministerial position, though it later confirmed that it would accept Heger’s proposal. The new PM intends to meet with President Zuzana Čaputová on Monday to announce the changes in government.
The coalition crisis, which has already lasted for almost a month, has been triggered by disagreements among the four coalition partners over how to deal with the pandemic. (Lucia Yar | EURACTIV.sk)