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Slovakia president appoints Peter Pellegrini as new PM

Published: March 22, 2018 15:44:52 | Updated: March 22, 2018 21:39:57


Newly appointed Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini. Reuters.

Slovakia President Andrej Kiska appointed Peter Pellegrini as prime minister on Thursday to end a political crisis touched off by the murder of an investigative journalist that led to mass protests and veteran leader Robert Fico’s resignation.

In the country’s biggest protests since rallies brought down communism almost three decades ago, tens of thousands took to the streets, says a Reuters report.

The protesters demanded a new government and a fair investigation into last month’s killing of Jan Kuciak, 27, who probed fraud cases involving businessmen with political ties.

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