After the unsuccessful  vote on the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) in Slovak Parliament Robert Fico, the chairman of the strongest opposition party SMER Social Democracy holds all the aces in his hands. As he has declared earlier, SMER-SD MPs wouldn’t vote for the EFSF unless the whole coalition including reluctant SaS will unite in support for the bailout or unless the whole Government will step down. With the vote being unsuccessful,  the Government lost the confidence of the Parliament and Robert Fico’s second condition was fulfilled.

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Leader of Slovakia's strongest opposition party SMER Social Democracy, Robert Fico, talks to journalists during a press conference in the SMER-SD headquarter after he held talks with Slovak coalition parties about SMER-SD support in the second vote for the European Financial Stability Facility EFSF, in Bratislava, Slovakia, 12 October 2011. EPA/PETER HUDEC

Leader of Slovakia's strongest opposition party SMER Social Democracy, Robert Fico doubled in a viewfinder of a TV-camera, talks to journalists during a press conference in the SMER-SD headquarter after he held talks with Slovak coalition parties about SMER-SD support in the second vote for the European Financial Stability Facility EFSF, in Bratislava, Slovakia, 12 October 2011.

Leader of Slovakia's strongest opposition party SMER Social Democracy, Robert Fico, talks to journalists during a press conference in the SMER-SD headquarter after he held talks with Slovak coalition parties about SMER-SD support in the second vote for the European Financial Stability Facility EFSF, in Bratislava, Slovakia, 12 October 2011. EPA/PETER HUDEC

Leader of Slovakia's strongest opposition party SMER Social Democracy, Robert Fico, leaves a press conference in the SMER-SD headquarter after he held talks with Slovak coalition parties about SMER-SD support in the second vote for the European Financial Stability Facility EFSF, in Bratislava, Slovakia, 12 October 2011. EPA/PETER HUDEC