Bratislava-A donkey carrying a sack of potatoes has been sent to the prime minister of Slovakia by an opposition leader, in what appears to be a pre-election stunt.

Igor Matovic, the leader of the Ordinary People party, brought the donkey and vegetables to a government office just days before the country’s 15 March presidential elections, in which Prime Minister Robert Fico is a candidate, Slovak TASR news agency reports.

The stunt appears to be a response to an earlier statement by Fico that even a sack of potatoes could have beaten far-right candidate Marian Kotleba in last years’ regional elections. In fact, Fico’s preferred candidate lost out to Kotleba in a shock defeat.

Apart from its load of potatoes, the donkey - called Tapo - also wore a red tie, the colour of Fico’s Direction-Social Democracy party. Suggesting the prime minister was having recurring nightmares after his potato quip caught up with him, Matovic said he hoped Fico could now sleep soundly at night.