Former Prime Minister Robert Fico arrives to his party's headquarters after polling stations closed for an early parliamentary election, in Bratislava, Slovakia, Sep 30, 2023

Populist, pro-Russia ex-PM leads leftist party to win in Slovakia's parliamentary vote

The election Saturday was a test for the small eastern European country’s support for neighbouring Ukraine in its war with Russia, and the win by Fico could strain a fragile unity in the European Union and NATO.

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