Slovakia’s Interior Minister Robert Kalinak has resigned amid a political scandal caused by the murder of a journalist and his fiancée.

Prime Minister Robert Fico is fighting to keep his government together after Mr Kalinak bowed to pressure from a coalition partner, the Most-Hid party.

Another coalition party called for elections should Mr Fico lose Most-Hid’s support.

Jan Kuciak was investigating government corruption when he was killed. His fiancée, Martina Kusnirova, was also murdered.

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The killings have gripped Slovakia, leading to calls for an investigation and anti-government protests in Bratislava on Friday which were thought to be the largest in the country since the fall of communism in 1989.

Mr Kuciak had been working on a piece linking high-level political corruption in Slovakia with Italian mafia before he was killed.

Kuciak claimed that Italian businessmen with links to the Calabrian organised crime syndicate ‘Ndrangheta had settled in eastern Slovakia, and had spent years embezzling EU funds.