Support for ousted former Slovak PM Robert Fico starting to grow

However, President Zuzana Čaputová remains the most trusted politician in Slovakia, with 54% of the population trusting her, making her the only political leader in Slovakia whose citizens trust her more than they do not. [EPA-EFE/MARTIN DIVISEK]

Three-time Slovak prime minister Robert Fico, who was forced to resign amid mass protests following the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée in 2018 has begun gaining once again in popularity, polls show.

Meanwhile, President Zuzana Čaputová remains the most trusted politician in Slovakia, with 54% of the population trusting her, making her the only political leader in Slovakia whose citizens trust her more than they do not.

The head of state is followed in popularity by former prime minister Peter Pellegrini, who is trusted by 44% of the population, a survey for TV Markíza conducted by the Focus agency shows.

By comparison, former prime minister and current finance minister, Igor Matovič, the leader of the largest government party OĽaNO, is experiencing a slump in popularity, with 87% of Slovaks saying they do not trust him.

This puts Matovič even lower than Marian Kotleba, the leader of the far-right People’s Party – Our Slovakia, who has traditionally tended to be the country’s least reputable politician. (Lucia Yar | EURACTIV.sk)

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