Slovak PM says ready to step down

Slovak PM says ready to step down

Slovakia's prime minister has said he is ready to resign as a way out of the political crisis triggered by the killings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee.

Fico, 53, has been struggling since February with a scandal over the killing of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee.

The couple were found dead last month.

"Today I have offered my resignation to the president of the republic", Robert Fico said.

The third party in the coalition, the Slovak National Party, announced after the resignation that they would want early elections should Most-Hid stop supporting Mr Fico, or if Mr Fico lost his majority in parliament.

Mr Fico says he is ready to resign if the next prime minister is from his leftist Smer-Social Democracy party and presents his or her name on Thursday. He faced demands for a snap election by many of those who staged the largest street protests in Bratislava since the fall of the Iron Curtain.

Slovakia's President Andrej Kiska called for a "radical reconstruction" of the government or fresh elections last week, after all seven suspects arrested in connection with the murders were released without charge.

Fico's close aide Maria Troskova was alleged to have links to one of the Italians named in Kuciak's story.

The offer may signal a victory for demonstrators who've blamed Fico for failing to make good on a promise to crack down on corruption.