In a shocking development, an alleged neo-Nazi party in Slovakia won seats in the nation’s parliament for the first time.
In the results of Saturday’s national elections announced Sunday, the far right extremists "Our Slovakia" party scored 8 percent of the votes, which is equal to 14 seats. The country’s parliament, the National Council, has 150 members.
Party chairman Marian Kotleba had led the banned Slovak Togetherness-National Party, which organized anti-Roma rallies and expressed sympathy for the Slovakian Nazi-puppet state during World War II.
Kotleba sparked headlines in 2013 when he spoke out against the United States, the European Union and immigrants by displaying a banner from his office window stating "Yankees, go home," and ferred to NATO as a “criminal organization."
Kotleba was charged with hate crimes, but they were later dropped.
“We have elected a fascist to parliament,” said Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak of Kotleba.
The ruling, leftist, Smer-Social Democracy party of Prime Minister Robert Fico, won the election with 28.3 percent of the vote, or 49 seats, but are left scrambling for coalition partners to form a majority government.
In the previous election, in 2012, Smer took 44.4 percent of the vote, or 83 seats, and was not required to form a coalition.