The ruling coalition held crisis talks on June 3 after the New Citizen's Alliance (ANO) joined opposition parties in passing an amendment to the abortion law, supporting the right for them up to 24 weeks in the case of genetic defects, an issue that is being challenged in the Constitutional Court.
The co-ruling Christian Democrats (KDH) have repeatedly warned that it would quit the coalition if the abortion amendment were implemented.
KDH leader Pavol Hrušovský told reporters after the meeting: "The Slovak government is in crisis. By adding his signature [ANO boss] Pavol Rusko has effectively ripped the coalition agreement to shreds."
Rusko said that any crisis was purely the fault of the KDH, which was trying to force ideology and its religious beliefs onto the country.
Compiled by Conrad Toft from press reports
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4. Jul 2003 at 11:50