On 30 September, Slovakia held snap parliamentary elections to elect 150 members of the National Council. ALDE Party member Progresívne Slovensko (Progressive Slovakia) recorded its best-ever result, receiving 17.96% of the popular vote and becoming the second-biggest party in Slovakia.
The result means that Progressive Slovakia, led by Michal Šimečka MEP, will have 32 seats in Parliament and will be represented in the chamber for the first time since the party’s founding in 2017.
“Thank you for your more than half a million votes and 18% for a clearly liberal, pro-European and green party. No liberal entity in Slovak politics has ever achieved such a result. We really appreciate it. We are not giving up and we will fight. Whatever the outcome of the post-election negotiations, we will approach this trust with the utmost responsibility and do everything in our power,” said Šimečka.
Ďakujeme za vašich viac ako pol milióna hlasov a 18 % pre jasne liberálnu, proeurópsku a zelenú stranu. Takýto výsledok ešte žiaden liberálny subjekt v slovenskej politike nedosiahol.— Michal Šimečka (@MSimecka) October 1, 2023
Neskutočne si to vážime. Navzdávame to a zabojujeme. Nech povolebné rokovania dopadnú… pic.twitter.com/xRa7dYxY8N
“Congratulations Michal Šimečka and Progresívne Slovensko for a historical campaign, garnering over half a million votes and 18% for a clearly liberal, pro-European party. Slovakia's liberal forces have never been stronger!” said ALDE Party co-President Ilhan Kyuchyuk MEP.
Congratulations @MSimecka & @progresivne_sk for a historical campaign, garnering over half a million votes and 18% for a clearly liberal, pro-European party.— Ilhan Kyuchyuk (@ilhankyuchyuk) October 1, 2023
Slovakia's liberal forces have never been stronger!
Liberals came out as the most popular party with voters in the country’s capital Bratislava, as well as in the second most populous city Košice and with Slovakian nationals living abroad.
Finally, 16 of the 33 women elected as Members of Parliament this election will be representing Progressive Slovakia, meaning liberals will take an equal number of male and female members to the chamber.