Outgoing Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini has conceded defeat. The populist OLANO party, with 25% of votes, will seek to form a government with other conservative parties.
The center-right Ordinary People party emerged victorious in Solvakia's general election on Saturday, with voters responding to the party's pledge to push anti-corruption reform following the death of murdered journalist Jan Kuciak.
According to final results released Sunday by the Statistics Office, the Ordinary People group secured 25% of Saturday's vote and 53 seats in the 150-seat parliament. The governing center-left Smer-Social Democracy party, led by former populist Prime Minister Robert Fico, won 18.3%, or 38 seats.
The discourse during these elections was dominated by the 2018 double murder of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee, Martina Kusnirova. Kuciak has reported on high-level corruption within the government.
The murder led to nationwide street protests, forcing Fico to resign. However, the Smer coalition remained in power, under the leadership of Peter Pellegrini.
A memorial for murdered journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee on the first anniversary of their death in 2019
An investigation into the double murder revealed communications between a businessman, politicians and other officials. The businessman is currently on trial, and has denied the charges.
lc,tg/jlw (AP, Reuters)