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Slovaks welcome Hungarian results

NARROW victory of the opposition socialists of Péter Medgyessy in the first round of Hungarian elections last weekend has been welcomed by Slovak politicians and analysts as more likely to yield agreement on disputes between the neighbouring countries than a victory by the right-wing Fidesz party of prime minister Viktor Orbán.

European observers had worried that had Orbán won by a small margin he might have been forced into working with the ultra-right party of Hungarian nationalist István Csurka. Medgyessy's party has already begun talks with the liberal Free Democratic Alliance (SZDSZ) on cooperation.

The first round of elections decided 185 of 386 parliamentary seats; another 143 are to be contested in a second election round, as will 58 non-elected mandates awarded on the basis of the vote. Political analysts say it is unlikely that Fidesz will be able to overpower the socialists and SZDSZ.

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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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