Monday, December 4

Slovak Ruling Party Reshuffles Cabinet as It Holds Onto Power

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(Bloomberg) — Slovakia’s ruling party pushed through a cabinet reshuffle as it seeks to hold on to power without a majority after a rival party abandoned the coalition this month.

Prime Minister Eduard Heger’s minority coalition will face a test on Tuesday to muster enough lawmakers to open Slovakia’s parliamentary session. Richard Sulik, who served as economy minister, withdrew his support for the cabinet Sept. 5 after months of political squabbling over fiscal policy and personal grievances.

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The spat raises the prospect of an early election as the nation of 5.4 million bordering Ukraine faces its gravest security crisis in decades and spiraling energy costs.

Heger’s party appointed three politically neutral officials to fill the top ministry posts, who were appointed by President Zuzana Caputova on Tuesday.

Rastislav Kacer, a former ambassador to the US, will take over as foreign minister. Energy expert Karel Hirman will take over as economy minister. Viliam Karas, a the head of the Slovak Bar Association, will head the justice ministry.