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Slovak opposition gains, two govt parties would be out of...

por Orlando Macon (2020-05-08)


PRAGUE, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Slovakia's opposition parties could command a constitutional majority in an election on Feb.
29, according to an opinion poll published on Thursday, and two junior parties of the current coalition, led by centre-left Smer, would fall short of the threshold for gaining parliamentary seats. The Feb 6-12 survey of 1,005 voters by Focus agency showed six opposition parties spanning the political spectrum from liberal to conservative could form a wide coalition with 94 lawmakers in the 150-seat parliament.

They have indicated they could work together to unseat Smer, which has been in power for 12 of the last 14 years. This month's rise for the democratic opposition parties from 84 seats projected in January came as two parties from the government of Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini, the nationalist SNS and ethnic Hungarians' Most-Hid, scored below the 5% of the vote threshold.

The far-right LSNS party dropped to the third spot with 12.2% in February from 12.8% in January, while the most recent poll showed a jump in support for the centrist OLANO, to 13.3% from 9.0%, making it the strongest opposition party. Smer Za ludi PS/SPOLU Kotlebovci OLANO Sme SNS KDH - LS Nase rodina Slovensko Feb 13 17.0 8.2 9.3 12.2 13.3 7.8 4.4 5.4 Jan 26 18.0 10.8 9.8 12.8 9.0 7.6 5.2 5.7 Jan 16 18.7 10.3 10.5 13.6 7.7 7.1 5.1 6.0 Dec 19.6 9.2 10.3 11.8 8.0 7.0 5.4 5.7 2019 Nov 20.0 10.6 11.7 10.3 5.7 7.0 6.8 5.7 Oct 22.0 9.1 11.0 10.2 6.0 7.2 6.9 6.5 Sep 21.7 6.5 13.3 10.6 6.8 7.2 6.8 6.9 Aug 21.8 5.0 14.0 12.1 6.0 6.3 7.0 7.5 Jun 20.3 5.2 15.7 12.6 5.1 7.0 7.3 7.0 Apr 19.0 13.4 10.5 9.1 9.4 7.5 6.8 Feb 21.2 9.5 11.7 8.4 9.5 7.5 6.5 Dec 21.7 9.2 10.5 9.0 9.2 6.5 2018 Sep 22.4 10.0 10.3 8.2 9.2 5.5 Aug 20.7 10.1 8.7 10.0 9.4 7.1 Jun 21.7 9.7 10.0 8.1 9.8 6.7 Apr 20.5 9.3 9.1 9.1 10.1 6.8 Mar 20.2 10.1 10.4 8.6 10.0 7.0 Jan 25.5 8.1 11.4 9.0 8.6 7.4 Note: Parties must cross a 5% threshold to enter parliament Party descriptions: * Smer-Socialna Demokracia - Direction-Social Democracy (leftist ruling party) * Za ludi - For the People (centrist, opposition) * Progresivne Slovensko/Spolu - Progressive Slovakia/Together (liberal, opposition) * Kotlebovci- LS Nase Slovensko - People's Party-Our Slovakia (far-right) * OLANO (centrist, opposition) * Sme rodina-We are Family (protest party, opposition) * Slovenska Narodna Strana - Slovak National Party-SNS (centrist junior ruling coalition party) * KDH - Christian Democrats (conservative, opposition) * Svoboda a Solidarita - Freedom and Solidarity-SaS (liberal, 나눔로또파워볼 opposition) * Most-HID - Bridge (ethnic Hungarian, junior ruling coalition party) For an interactive graphic: website (Reporting by Robert Muller; Graphics by Jason Hovet Editing by Alexandra Hudson)