Slovakia's coalition to face no confidence parliament vote

Demonstrators show their key chains during an anti-government rally in Bratislava, Slovakia, Friday, March 9, 2018. The country-wide protests demand a thorough investigation into the shooting deaths of Jan Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova, whose bodies were found in their home on Feb. 25, and changes in the government. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Slovakia's three-party coalition government will face a parliamentary no-confidence vote next week amid the political turmoil set off by the slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee.

The vote requested by the opposition, set for Monday, could spell the end of the ruling coalition that was created after the 2016 elections.

Formally, it will be a vote about Prime Minister Robert Fico, but if he loses his government collapses.

The move comes after tens of thousands of Slovaks joined in anti-government protests across the country last week to demand a thorough investigation of the shooting deaths of Jan Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova, who were found shot dead Feb. 25 in their house. More protests to demand the government's resignation are planned for Friday.

President Andrej Kiska proposed early elections as a way out of the crisis or introduce substantial changes in the government.

A three-fifth majority, or 90 lawmakers in the 150-seat Parliament, would have to support an early vote to make it happen.

Kuciak was writing about ties between the Italian mafia operating in Slovakia and people close to Fico, whose leftist party has been allegedly linked to corruption scandals.

The leaders of the three coalition parties were holding talks on Tuesday. Andrej Danko, the chairman of the ultranationalist Slovak National Party, told reporters no progress has been made.

Meanwhile, Slovak authorities have again detained an Italian businessman suspected in the slayings.

Prosecutor general spokeswoman Andreja Predajnova said Antonino Vadala was detained on Tuesday morning in the eastern town of Michalovce at the request of an Italian court that issued a European warrant for Vadala's arrest due to a drugs-related crime. Italy seeks his extradition.

Vadala was among seven Italians who had been detained as suspects in the slayings and released.

Must Read

A look at China's foreign policy challenges

Aug 10, 2016

China's simmering feud with South Korea over deployment of an American missile defense system is the latest in a string of foreign policy challenges piling up on President Xi Jinping's desk as he prepares to host next month's annual summit of G20 nations

Turkish, Russian officials to discuss solution for Syria

Aug 10, 2016

Turkey's foreign minister says Turkish foreign ministry, military and intelligence officials will travel to Russia for discussions on finding a solution to the Syria conflict

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Aug 11, 2016

Among 10 Things to Know: Criticism may be slowing Trump train; 'Grim Sleeper' sent to death row; versatile ESPN sportscaster dies at 61

People also read these

Turkish, Russian officials to discuss solution for Syria

Aug 10, 2016

Turkey's foreign minister says Turkish foreign ministry, military and intelligence officials will travel to Russia for discussions on finding a solution to the Syria conflict

4 months after Japan earthquake, final victim may be found

Aug 10, 2016

Nearly four months later, the final victim of two deadly earthquakes in southern Japan may have been found

Germany: 2nd arrest in connection with attack plan suspect

Aug 10, 2016

German authorities have arrested a man suspected of involvement in violence in Syria, an arrest that was triggered by the detention last week of a Syrian asylum-seeker who was suspected of planning to carry out an attack

Weather, 20 December
Houston Weather
+7

High: +11° Low: -2°

Humidity: 83%

Wind: NNE - 7 KPH

Canberra Weather
+27

High: +27° Low: +17°

Humidity: 87%

Wind: W - 20 KPH

Roissy-en-France Weather
+6

High: +6° Low: -5°

Humidity: 87%

Wind: ENE - 7 KPH

Florence Weather
+9

High: +9° Low: +6°

Humidity: 97%

Wind: ENE - 17 KPH

Parga Weather
+7

High: +16° Low: +4°

Humidity: 100%

Wind: SE - 25 KPH