Slovak PM Fico says closer to forming coalition government

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Posted: Mar 14, 2016 5:09 PM

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said he believed he could agree on the priorities of a new governing program with three other parties by Tuesday after starting coalition talks.

Eight parties won seats in a March 5 election in which Fico's leftist Smer party garnered the most votes but lost its parliamentary majority, leaving the two-time prime minister with a tough task in forming a coalition government.

Fico's odds improved on Sunday when centrist party Siet (Net) and Most-Hid (Bridge) agreed to negotiate with him.

"The result of today's long and difficult negotiations is a draft of program priorities ... that would serve as basis for cooperation of the four parties in forming a government," Fico told journalists on Monday.

(Reporting by Tatiana Jancarikova; Writing by Jason Hovet; Editing by Louise Ireland)