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Fico: We had university while US overrun by buffalo, Indians

ROBERT Fico, leader of the non-parliamentary Smer party, wrapped up his campaign ahead of weekend elections by saying he saw Slovakia's main business opportunities lying to the east, in Russia and China, even if Slovakia became a member of Nato and the European Union.

Calling again for a 'strong hand and a strong government' in Slovakia, Fico continued his campaign line verging on defiance against the West.

During a September 17 rally in central Slovakia's Banská Bystrica, Fico accused the West of hypocrisy in its policy towards China, and said that "at the time when buffalo and Indians covered the American continent, we already had a university here in Slovakia."

Fico, a leftist politician with strong populist and authoritarian undertones, is given a major chance of being in government after the September 20-21 vote, and has said he wants to be prime minister.

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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.