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HZDS denies internal crisis

THE MOVEMENT for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) board concluded that the presidential elections have been positive for the party and that there would be no need for personnel changes, the daily SME wrote.

According to the deputy chairman of the party, Ján Kovarčík, after HZDS leader Vladimír Mečiar was defeated in the second round of elections, he acted in a standard way even when refusing to shake hands with president-elect Ivan Gašparovič. He said that Gasparovič should have taken the initiative to offer his hand.

Mečiar is preparing to sue several media outlets for what he calls biased reporting about his post-election behaviour.

According to Kovarčík, the tabloid daily Nový čas will be sued for its report about Mečiar sitting by the fire with his 18-year-old assistant.

In the second round of the presidential elections on April 17, Gašparovič beat Mečiar, his one-time ally, 60 percent to 40 percent.

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News digest: Health care staff still lacking, president asks for amends

Slovakia is preparing to launch the nationwide testing on Saturday morning, but the government admitted they still need hundreds of health care staff. Kotleba violates quarantine and hospitals in the north are full.

The Bratislava Self-Governing Region started testing its staff on October 30.

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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