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Fico tough on Bohunice, Roma

ROBERT Fico, leader of the non-parliamentary Smer party, the country's second most popular, has said if he enters government after September elections he will lobby to have the current government's decision to close the Bohunice nuclear plant overturned.

The government agreed, under pressure from the EU, to close the aging plant between 2006 and 2008. Fico has said he will try to reverse the decision, even if it means going against a deal reached between Slovakia and the EU in the Energy docket of entry talks.

Fico also said that Roma families which have many children should not expect state child support for all of them, and that the aid should be limited to 3-4 children per family, in an effort to limit what he termed people profiting from social security.

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