Slovakia held a general election on 17 June in which the government, a coalition led by the Slovak Democratic Coalition (SDKU), was defeated. Party Direction - Third Way (Smer) won the largest share of the vote and the SDKU came second.
Although the incumbent government did much to make the economy attractive to inward investment, progress has been uneven, with development mainly in Bratislava and the west of the country, and poor wages and high levels of unemployment in the centre and east, which is thought to have bred resentment against the government.
Results are as follows:
|Party Direction - Third Way (Smer) ||29.14 per cent ||50 seats|
|Slovak Democratic Coalition (SDKU) ||18.35 per cent ||31 seats|
|Slovak National Party (SNS) ||11.73 per cent ||20 seats|
|Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK-MKP) ||11.68 per cent ||20 seats|
|Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) ||8.79 per cent ||15 seats|
|Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) ||8.31 per cent ||14 seats|
|Others ||12.00 per cent ||----|
|Turnout ||54.67 per cent ||---|
|Total ||100 per cent ||150 seats|
19 June 2006