Analysis of the Elections 2010 Results in Slovakia
Abstract: The results of the Parliamentary 2010 elections in Slovakia can be compared with those of the elections in 2002. Despite their victory in these elections, the former coalition party SMER was forced to go into the opposition and the succeeding government was formed by four centre-right parties, two of them were parliamentary newcomers. In this context, based on a series of aspects of its results, the 2010 Elections turned out to be a historic milestone — Slovakia witnessed the end of the politics with the previous Prime Minister, Vladimír Mečiar, one of the most significant politicians in Slovak history. The candidate’s preference votes have significantly gained in importance, and for the very first time in the history of the independent Slovak Republic, the government is led by a woman prime minister and lacks members with a past in the STB (Secret Police). The author analyses also a curiosity, which emerged from the parallels between election results of 2010 in the Czech and Slovak Republics.
Keywords: 2002, losers, winners, new parties, preferential voting, Iveta Radičová