Slovakia’s former prime minister Robert Fico looks set to make a return to the political centre stage as the country goes to the polls to elect a new government.
Fico has won huge support for his campaign, based on the creation of a strong social safety net in difficult economic times, with a vow to tax the rich and financial institutions.
The outgoing coalition faces an electoral drubbing as a result of a major corruption scandal in the mid-2000s and the decision of popular Prime Minister Iveta Radicova to resign the leadership of the Slovak Democratic Union.
The new leader of the centre-right party and foreign secretary in the outgoing government, Mikulas Dzurinda, looks set to lose his seat at the top table and faces being voted out of parliament.
Corruption is a key issue for the electorate with many taking to the streets of Bratislava to demand tough measures to stamp it out.