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Confusion over vetoed health reform

THE PARLIAMENTARY constitutional committee stated yesterday that President Ivan Gašparovič returned the six health care reform laws after the legal deadline.

According to the committee, the laws are therefore valid and the parliament should not repeatedly vote on the laws as expected in order to break the presidential veto.

The committee argued that the president delivered the vetoed legislation to parliament on Monday October 18, but his deadline ran out on Saturday October 16.

The president's office, however, insists that the laws were returned on the first work day after the legal deadline ran out, which the president's men say is acceptable in a situation when the proper deadline falls on a non-work day of the week, SME daily wrote.

The opinions of independent lawyers differ in this matter. It is therefore expected that the parliament will prefer to repeatedly vote on the health legislation in order to avoid possible legal complications, SME writes.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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