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Dzurinda: Cabinet to privatize no more

THE CABINET will take no further decisions on privatization sales until early parliamentary elections set for June 17, Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda said.

Dzurinda, leader of the ruling coalition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), made the statement in a televised debate on the Slovak Television (STV) public channel on February 12.

However, Dzurinda said he was willing to negotiate other possibilities with opposition representatives. The privatization of railway cargo transporter ZSSK Cargo is a particularly thorny issue, as final bids had already been submitted and a winner recommended when the ruling coalition collapsed earlier in February, sending the country towards early elections.

The leader of the strongest opposition party, Robert Fico, has said his party will have the prime minister recalled by parliament if the government attempts to complete the ZSSK Cargo sale.

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