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Slovaks against approval of objections of conscience treaty

THE SLOVAK parliament should not approve a proposed treaty with the Vatican on objections of conscience, according to a recent poll carried out by the Polis agency for the SITA news agency.

According to the poll, 41 percent of respondents said parliament should not approve the document, with 33 percent saying a definite "no" to the treaty.

The objections of conscience treaty would guarantee believers the right to refuse work or activities that conflict with their religious beliefs.

The treaty caused the collapse of the Mikuláš Dzurinda ruling coalition in February after the prime minister's Slovak Democratic and Christian Union refused to vote for the proposed text of the treaty as negotiated by the Justice Ministry.

In response, the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), a traditional conservative party, left the ruling coalition.

The Polis poll also showed that 24 percent of respondents agreed with the KDH and thought that parliament should approve the treaty, while 16 percent said they did not have enough information about the document to make up their minds.

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