Fico: I Won’t Bring Down My Own Gov’t, However Imperfect It Might Be

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Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico (stock photo by TASR)

Bratislava, August 20 (TASR) – Prime Minister Robert Fico (Smer-SD) refuses to make his own Government collapse, even though he concedes that the Cabinet is far from perfect, TASR learnt from a video that Fico published on his Facebook page on Sunday.

The video was uploaded in response to a statement made by Opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party chair Richard Sulik, who believes that “the only honest solution” to the current political situation is an early election.

“I won’t bring down my own Government in the way that Richard Sulik did with his back in 2012,” said Fico, adding that even though he’s aware that the incumbent cabinet is far from perfect, it still boasts economic accomplishments and commands international respect. “I know precisely where I want to steer Slovakia: into the core of the EU,” the premier emphasised.

According to Fico, Sulik’s brand of politics brims with chaos, and Slovakia must be protected from that. There’s no viable alternative to the current Government, thinks Fico, who added that the Opposition parties are incapable of governing the country.

The prime minister took potshots at Sulik over his approach to Slovak politics, claiming that MEP Sulik spends the bulk of his time “hiding away in Brussels” and swoops on Slovakia with Opposition politics in mind only when he “smells political blood”.

Fico called the leader of SaS “a political amateur” and took objection to Sulik “badmouthing the EU” on one hand, yet being perfectly happy to accept EU money via his MEP’s salary on the other.