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SDKÚ dumps old and current guard

THE RULING SDKÚ party of Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda has put forward a shortlist of candidates for September 2002 elections that omits three current ministers and a deputy minister for the party, and drops another minister to 23rd position out of 150.

Health Minister Roman Kováč, Economy Minister Ľubomír Harach, and Culture Minister Milan Kňažko have all decided not to run again for election, as have former Transport Minister Gabriel Palacka and Deputy Finance Minister Viliam Vaškovič.

Dzurinda has said the changes have nothing to do with the political records of the ministers in question, but rather with the party's attempt to bring new faces into politics.

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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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News digest: Who will take the swabs?

The government offers hundreds of euros to health care staff for testing. Curfew ends on Saturday for some. Take a look at testing sites and more.

PM Igor Matovič helped with testing in Tvrdošín.