Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico 'ready to resign'

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico says he is ready to step down to ease the political crisis engulfing the country. His coalition has come under mounting pressure following the murder of an investigative journalist.
Robert Fico (Getty Images/AFP/V. Simicek)
Slovakia's prime minister, Robert Fico, tendered his resignation on Wednesday amid growing calls from the opposition for snap elections.
"Today I have offered my resignation to the president of the republic," Fico said. "If the president accepts it, I am ready to resign tomorrow."
Fico's three-party coalition has been plunged into crisis following the murder of Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee in February. The 27-year-old reporter had been investigating high-level corruption and alleged Mafia links to politicians and businessmen in Slovakia.
Police have interviewed more than 100 people as part of the investigation into the deaths, but no one has yet been charged. The killings triggered mass protests across the country and calls for Fico's government to step down.