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Unions start petition for early elections

THE CONFEDERATION of Trade Unions (KOZ) has announced that on November 15 it will launch a petition calling for a referendum on early elections.

According to KOZ, the cabinet is unable to address the people's social problems. For the petition to succeed, KOZ must collect at least 350,000 signatures from voters supporting the early elections.

The opposition parties Smer and the Slovak Communist Party (KSS), as well as the non-parliamentary Democratic Left Party (SDĽ) and several smaller political parties, have pledged to actively support the petition and provide assistance in collecting the signatures.

But even if all the legal requirements were met, analysts have expressed doubt that the referendum would be valid. For a referendum to be valid, at least 50 percent of voters must turn out.

In Slovakia's history, only one referendum has reached the required quorum: this year's popular vote on Slovakia's entry into the EU.

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