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Slovak president swears in new government

April 4, 2012
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BRATISLAVA, Slovakia—Slovakia's president has sworn in the new left-leaning government of Prime Minister Robert Fico, following his party's landslide victory in last month's parliamentary elections.

Fico's Smer-Social Democracy received 44.4 percent of the votes cast in the March 10 poll, securing 83 seats in the 150-seat Parliament. This allows Fico's party to govern alone, the first time a party has held sole power in Slovakia since the country split from Czechoslovakia in 1993.

Fico has pledged to maintain a welfare state, increase corporate tax and hike income tax for the highest earners.

His 12-member Cabinet sworn in Wednesday also includes Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak, a career diplomat who previously served as the EU envoy for the Balkans and Russia.

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