Slovakia in EFSF vote challenge

Slovakia's ruling coalition will have to reallocate cabinet posts or face a snap election unless it can find its own majority in parliament for a crucial vote on the Eurozone’s rescue fund, the main opposition party Smer said yesterday. The Eurozone’s second poorest country of 5m people has become a major risk to the bloc’s July deal to give the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) more power to tackle the crisis threatening its weaker debtor economies. The centre-right coalition of Iveta Radicova is struggling to win enough support in parliament for the EFSF vote, which is due by 14 October, because junior partner Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) has so far refused to support the measure.