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Fico: Five conditions for next government

SMER PARTY leader Robert Fico has said that if he captures the PM's chair after September elections, he will insist the next government fulfill five main planks from Smer's election platform by the end of 2003, or he will resign.

The five demands include: passage of a law requiring 'suspiciously wealthy' people to demonstrate the origin of their wealth; approval of a new electoral system; reduction of state spending and welfare abuse; and the creation of special teams to investigate and prosecute serious economic crime.

Smer is running second to Vladimír Mečiar's opposition HZDS party on a law-and-order platform.

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Threats have worked. People queued for COVID testing before the official start

The nationwide testing in Slovakia started with four districts in the north. Here is a report from the first day in Orava.

Bardejov

Day two of pilot testing in hardest-hit regions is off to a smoother start

PM Igor Matovič and Health Minister Marek Krajčí are helping the sampling teams, too.

Trstená, the Tvrdošín district

No test, no work. Employees will have to take paid or unpaid leave

Those who will be quarantined with a positive test result will be entitled to pandemic sick leave.

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Autumn holidays change, art schools close too

The ministry will contribute to schools to buy computers and other equipment for distance learning.

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