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Presidential elections set for April 2004

SPEAKER of parliament Pavol Hrušovský said the first round of the presidential elections in Slovakia has been set for April 3 next year.

Provided that no candidate wins more than 50 percent of voter support in the first round, the second round will take place two weeks later with the two highest scoring candidates.

President Rudolf Schuster has not confirmed his candidacy yet, but several politicians have already launched their presidential campaigns.

Eduard Kukan, the country's foreign minister, Christian Democrat (KDH) František Mikloško, liberal New Citizen's Alliance (ANO) member Ľubo Roman, and non parliamentary Movement for Democracy party leader Ivan Gašparovič have confirmed their candidacies. Other possible candidates include ex-PM Vladimír Mečiar and the former Slovak ambassador to Washington, Martin Bútora.

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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.