After 78 lawmakers supported a motion of no confidence, the minority government of Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger was defeated.

His former coalition partner started the vote, which threw the nation into instability as it was already trying to deal with a rising cost of living issue and facing strong opposition for its support of Ukraine.

The collapse of the center-right cabinet is the result of two and a half years of infighting between the neoliberal Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS) of Richard Sulik and the populist Ordinary People party (OLaNO) of Finance Minister Igor Matovic, which was made worse by the strains of the global epidemic.

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