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Ruling party heads for Slovakia election win as neo-Nazis gain seats

Published 06/03/2016

Robert Fico arrives at his party's headquarters to watch the results of the general election, in Bratislava (AP)
Robert Fico arrives at his party's headquarters to watch the results of the general election, in Bratislava (AP)

Preliminary results show the ruling party is heading for a victory in the parliamentary election in Slovakia, but will need coalition partners to form a majority government.

In a shocking development, a neo-Nazi party gained parliamentary seats.

With the votes from about half of the almost 6,000 polling stations counted, the Smer-Social Democracy of Prime Minister Robert Fico, which campaigned on an anti-migrant ticket is a winner with 29.3% of the vote, or 48 seats in the 150-seat Parliament.

That represented a drop in support from the 2012 election when Smer took 44.4% and was able to govern alone.

Nine parties appear to be winning seats, including the neo-Nazi People's Party - Our Slovakia, which got 8.4%.

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