2006 Slovak parliamentary election
Parliamentary elections were held in Slovakia on 17 June 2006. Direction – Social Democracy emerged as the largest party in the National Council, winning 50 of the 150 seats. Its leader Robert Fico was appointed Prime Minister on 4 July 2006, leading a three-party centre-left populist coalition.
All 150 seats in the National Council
76 seats needed for a majority
Results of the election, showing vote strength by district.
Originally the election was planned for 16 September 2006. However, on 8 February the government proposed calling an early election after the Christian Democratic Movement left the coalition government. This proposal was passed by the Parliament on 9 February and signed by the President on 13 February. For the first time Slovak citizens living abroad could vote, using absentee ballots. A total of 21 parties contested the elections.
|Direction – Social Democracy||671,185||29.14||+15.68||50||+25|
|Slovak Democratic and Christian Union – Democratic Party||422,815||18.36||3.26||31||+3|
|Slovak National Party||270,230||11.73||+8.41||20||+20|
|Party of the Hungarian Coalition||269,111||11.68||+0.52||20||0|
|People's Party – Movement for a Democratic Slovakia||202,540||8.79||–10.71||15||–21|
|Christian Democratic Movement||191,443||8.31||+0.06||14||–1|
|Communist Party of Slovakia||89,418||3.88||–2.44||0||–11|
|Alliance of the New Citizen||32,775||1.42||–6.59||0||–15|
|Social Democratic Alternative||14,728||0.64||–1.16||0||0|
|Union of the Workers of Slovakia||6,864||0.30||–0.25||0||0|
|Civic Conservative Party||6,262||0.27||–0.06||0||0|
|Slovak National Coalition–Slovak Reciprocity||4,016||0.17||New||0||New|
|Slovak People's Party||3,815||0.17||New||0||New|
|Agrarian and Countryside Party||3,160||0.14||New||0||New|
|Prosperity of Slovakia||3,118||0.14||New||0||New|
|Party of the Democratic Left||2,906||0.13||New||0||New|
|Mission 21–New Christian Democracy||2,523||0.11||New||0||New|
|Party of Civic Solidarity||2,498||0.11||New||0||New|
|Source: Nohlen & Stöver, European Elections Database|
On 28 June Fico announced that the government coalition would consist of his Smer-SD party, together with the Slovak National Party and People's Party - Movement for a Democratic Slovakia. The Party of European Socialists (PES) criticized this decision because of nationalist statements of the leader of the Slovak National Party and subsequently suspended Smer-SD's membership.