Saturday, 17 March 2018

About 65,000 Slovaks Protest After Prime Minister Robert Fico Resignation Fails to Appease

About 65,000 people have attended anti-government protests held in Slovakia for the third consecutive week.

Outrage over the killing of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova prompted Prime Minister Robert Fico to resign on Thursday.

But demonstrators say Mr Fico will continue to exercise power and are calling for early elections.

Mr Fico said his coalition government had a mandate to serve its full four-year term, which ends in 2020.

Mr Kuciak was investigating alleged political corruption linked to Italian organised crime.
His final unfinished story was published after his death in late February, stoking public anger against a government widely seen as failing to tackle corruption.

There were protests in 35 cities across the country on Friday. Protests in the second city of Kosice seem to have been smaller than last week's, BBC correspondent Rob Cameron reports.

BBC      News.

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