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Yeltsin wins convincingly in Russian election runoff

Russian President Boris Yeltsin won a resounding victory in the second round voting in Russia's presidential elections on July 3. With 97 percent of the vote counted through the unofficial electronic vote counting system at midday Moscow time on July 4, the results, according to ITAR-TASS and the National News Service, were: In a televised speech on July 10, Yeltsin thanked voters for reelecting him, singling out young people, the intelligentsia and the media, according to a transcript in Rossiiskaya Gazeta on July 11. The three major television networks gave Yeltsin uncritical support during the campaign. Yeltsin said that the economic reforms would continue but with "serious corrections" and a focus on increasing production and raising living standards. The president reaffirmed his support for Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin and said that his new government could include members from a variety of parties, as long as those individuals are willing to set aside partisan interests. He also said that he is planning to make his administration "more compact and effective" while bringing in new people. The speech did not mention the current fighting in Chechnya. The ailing President looked stiff but spoke clearly, Reuters reported.

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End of investigative show a cause for concern

Media freedom watchdogs believe the scrapping of the only investigative show on public-service television is a threat to its independence.

Jaroslav Rezník

Proxy for Roma criticises minister Kaliňák for ethnical and group discrimination

The government proxy slammed Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák for the draft law on repressing criminality in Roma settlements, for populist discrimination and preferring repression to prevention.

Roma communities, illustrative stock photo

Slovak racer Svitko finished at Dakar Video

After a serious fall in the tenth leg, Slovak motorcyclist Štefan Svitko resigned from the 40th year of the Dakar Rally due to pain in his upper body.

Štefan Svitko

Carmakers in Slovakia produced more than one million cars last year

2018 will be critical for Slovakia’s automotive industry, claim sector’s representatives.

Most cars produced in Slovakia head for export.