The largest opposition party in Slovakia, the Directorate of Social Democracy (Smer-SD), has re-elected former Prime Minister Robert Fico as leader of the formation, as the Social Democratic leader announced even after the extraordinary congress in Bratislava this Saturday.
This nomination seeks to alleviate the party’s enormous internal crisis, whose steering committee had to postpone its emergency meeting after the defeat in the parliamentary elections in late February due to the coronavirus pandemic and the resignation of several senior political officials in June. led by another former prime minister, Peter Pellegrini, and three of the last five deputy general secretaries.
Smer-SD was founded by Fico in 1999 and for a long time was the strongest party in Slovakia and the only one that had an absolute majority in parliament.
However, the formation has gotten into a serious crisis as numerous corruption scandals were uncovered after the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee in February 2018.