Slovak president appoints new transport minister after coalition shakeup

Slovakia's President Andrej Kiska reacts during his meeting with Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila at the Prime Minister's official residence in HelsinkiPresident Andrej Kiska named Arpad Ersek as Slovakia's new transport minister on Wednesday to shore up the governing coalition after a split in one of the four ruling parties. Prime Minister Robert Fico's leftist Smer party won a second consecutive term in an election in March but lost its parliamentary majority and had to form a coalition with three other parties. The previous transport minister, Roman Brecely, resigned on Tuesday after his centrist party Siet (Net), part of the five-month-old governing coalition, saw five out of its seven members of parliament bolt over internal disagreements.


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