President Rudolf Schuster has vetoed the revision to the law on abortions. The Slovak crown reacted to the presidential veto by strengthening although turbulence within the ruling coalition has not calmed down.
Catholic Church representatives called Schuster's move a wise, statesman-like decision.
In his reasoning of the veto, Schuster has not objected to the content of the law; he only wanted parliamentary deputies to wait until the Constitutional Court presents its verdict on the case. The court's decision is due on September 4.
Still, the Christian Democrats (KDH) disliked the President's arguments. KDH leader Pavol Hrusovský called them hypocritical.
The opposition was critical of Schuster's decision and accused him of opening doors to Catholic influences.
Parliament will try to overrule the presidential veto in September, a move that will require the backing of 76 MPs, an absolute majority of the National Council.
Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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24. Jul 2003 at 5:55