Elections 2006: Preliminary results show Smer leadig with 29 percent

SMER party maintains its lead in the parliamentary elections in Slovakia held on June 17 after votes were counted in 97.96 percent of the election precincts.

According to the Statistics Office of the Slovak Republic, Smer leads with 29.25 percent followed by the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union with 18.13 percent.

The Hungarian Coalition Party comes third with 11.85 percent followed by the Slovak National Party, which was outside the parliament during the previous election term, received 11.73 percent.

The Movement for a Democratic Slovakia received 8.72 percent followed by the Christian-Democratic Movement (KDH) with 8.3 percent based on preliminary official results, news wire SITA reported.

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News digest: Health care staff still lacking, president asks for amends

Slovakia is preparing to launch the nationwide testing on Saturday morning, but the government admitted they still need hundreds of health care staff. Kotleba violates quarantine and hospitals in the north are full.

The Bratislava Self-Governing Region started testing its staff on October 30.

Testing is impossible to carry out as planned, president says

President Zuzana Čaputová asked the government to reconsider measures for people who do not get tested, many will not get a chance.

President Zuzana Čaputová met with the representatives of the armed forces.

The big test is upon us. What are we to do?

For a foreigner living in Slovakia, there is yet another concern.

Health care professionals still lacking ahead of Saturday's testing

Government avoids mobilisation for now, PM offers an extra bonus to health care professionals who can serve the whole weekend.

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