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PM Robert Fico's anti-immigration party wins Slovakian election

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By Euronews  with REUTERS
PM Robert Fico's anti-immigration party wins Slovakian election

<p>Exit polls suggest the leftist Prime Minister Robert Fico has won Slovakia’s election but is likely to lose his parliamentary majority.</p> <p>If the predictions are correct his party won 27.3 percent of the vote, less than the 35 percent indicated in opinion polls before the election. </p> <p>Fico’s party is stridently <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2015/12/02/slovakia-goes-to-court-over-eu-refugee-quota-plan/">anti-immigration</a> and he’s vowed not to accept a single Muslim migrant.</p> <p>It’s now likely he’ll have to seek coalition partners from some of the nine parties that could enter parliament, including the <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/26/hard-times-hard-attitudes-the-rise-of-the-far-right-in-slovakia/">far right</a>.</p> <p>“It’s a big shame for Slovakia. It’s a huge catastrophe that by the time Slovakia takes over the EU presidency in July we’ll have fascists in parliament,” said a member of Fico’s party, <a href="http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/23868/MONIKA_FLASIKOVA+BENOVA_home.html">Monika Flasikova-Benova</a>.</p> <p>Fico’s social democratic <span class="caps">SMER</span> party is known for its populist policies like free train travel for students and pensioners, and his hardline stance on immigration chimes with neighbouring regimes in Poland and Hungary.</p> <p>Although there is discontent in some sectors Slovakia is one of the EU’s most financially stable countries.</p>