IN SHORT

President to become honorary chairman of HZD

SLOVAK President Ivan Gašparovič will accept the post of honorary chairman of the Movement for Democracy (HZD) party, which he founded after leaving the opposition Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS), the SITA news agency reported.

Gašparovič relinquished his party membership after winning the presidential elections in 2004.

The president is uncertain whether his honorary post can help the HZD in the upcoming general election campaign, and has rejected accusations that accepting the post would make him a partisan president.

"I'm not speaking about the party but about its programme. I will cooperate with any party that has the same programme as I do," Gašparovič told the news agency.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

News digest: Nationwide testing gained contours

The Defence Ministry reveals details on upcoming testing, removal of the STU rector was far from normal. Take a look at our latest news digest.

President Zuzana Čaputová meeting with scientists and experts on epidemiology, infectology and medicine.

Senate voted STU rector down. Police called to the uni as well

The session of the Academic Senate proposed that Rector Fikar be dismissed.

Miroslav Fikar

Dozens of people die of COVID every day. A drop not expected for at least two weeks

People who would otherwise survive may die of other serious diagnoses due to the epidemic.

Illustrative stock photo

Slovakia orders a curfew and embarks on its COVID experiment

High turnout in testing in four northern districts, decision awaited on extending the project to the nation. Prison for a prominent prosecutor and parliament's speaker injured.

Waiting for the results of COVID tests during the pilot phase of the nationwide testing in the town of Nižná in Orava, northern Slovakia.