Slovak Prime Minister Robert Rico resigned Thursday after widespread outrage in reaction to the murder of a journalist who reported on potential links between organized crime and government officials.
“Today I have offered my resignation to the president of the republic,” Fico told reporters. “If the president accepts it, I am ready to resign tomorrow.”
The journalist, 27-year-old Jan Kuciak, and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová, were found shot to death in Kuciak’s apartment on February 26.
Before his death, Kuciak reported on how the ‘Ndrangheta, an Italian crime syndicate, may have bought farmland in Slovakia to collect European Union subsidies with the help of Slovakian officials.