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Most MPs playing less hookey

ACCORDING to monitoring by the NGO Občianske Oko, absenteeism in the new parliament is sharply down from the 1998-2002 legislature, with the exception of former PM Vladimír Mečiar, who has missed 72 percent of sessions.

Overall, MPs for Mečiar's opposition HZDS party were absent the most often in November and December, for an average of 32 per cent of sittings; MPs for Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda's SDKÚ party were the most diligent, showing an average 2.7 per cent absentee rate.

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News digest: Long queues around Slovakia on the first day of nationwide testing

Hundreds of thousands got tested during the first five hours. Experts warn it is too early to interpret the results.

Drive-in testing site in Bratislava.

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Zborov, the Bardejov district

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Long queues have formed in front of most testing points since early morning. Some drive-through sites closed in Bratislava

Testing in Trenčín, western Slovakia

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Pilot testing in Bardejov