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SNS MP Andel refuses to vacate parliamentary seat

Marián Andel, Parliamentary Vice-Chairman and a founding father of the far-right Slovak National Party (SNS), announced on November 19 that he would not willingly vacate his seat in the parliament. However, he said that if he were voted out, he would respect the decision and leave.

Andel's own SNS party has been trying to remove him for the past two months in favour of former Education Minister Eva Slavkovská. Andel said that the campaign against him was unjust and not truly representative of SNS supporters, as those demanding his departure are relatively new members to the party.

"It is possible that some people do not like me because of my lack of aggression and non-confrontational tone," he said. "I was even criticised for sitting next to [Hungarian coalition boss] Béla Bugár."

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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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