Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico says he is ready to step down to ease the political crisis engulfing the country. His coalition has come under mounting pressure following the murder of an investigative journalist.
Slovakia's prime minister, Robert Fico, said Wednesday he was prepared to resign on the condition that his social democratic Smer-SD party gets to choose a successor.
"Today I have offered my resignation to the president of the republic," Fico said. "If the president accepts it, I am ready to resign tomorrow."
The killings reignited debate about corruption and press freedom in Slovakia, triggering mass anti-government demonstrations across the country. Protesters also demanded Fico's government step down and hold early elections.
Slovakia's opposition had called for a no-confidence vote to be held against Fico's government next Monday.
Earlier this week, a junior partner in the Fico-led coalition, the Most-Hid party, threatened to leave the alliance unless fresh elections were held. President Andrej Kiska has also called for sweeping changes, or early elections, to solve the crisis. But Fico has rejected the idea of polls, saying the country could "plunge into chaos if the current opposition takes power."
It was not immediately clear if Kiska would agree to the terms of Fico's resignation.