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    Slovak deputy Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini talks to the journalists after the meeting with President of Slovakia Andrej Kiska, at the Presidential Palace in Bratislava, Slovakia, March 15, 2018

    Slovak President Appoints Pellegrini New Prime Minister

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    PRAGUE (Sputnik) - Slovak President Andrej Kiska on Thursday accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Robert Fico and appointed Peter Pellegrini as his replacement.

    "There was a meeting with Prime Minister Robert Fico, who presented his resignation. After that, I asked Peter Pelligrini, who was previously a deputy prime minister, to form a new government," the president said.

    Earlier in the day, Pellegrini brought the 79 signatures to the meeting with President Andrej Kiska, which means he has secured the majority in the 150-seat parliament, according to Teraz news outlet.

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    The country has been in crisis over the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak, who was looking into ties between the mafia and the Slovak government. Slovakia has seen several protest marches since late February, when Kuciak and his fiancee were found dead.

    Kiska has called for a government reshuffle or a snap election in order to resolve the existing tensions.

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