President's veto power still strong

THE SLOVAK Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda and Speaker of Parliament Pavol Hrušovský do not lend their support to the plans of some ruling-coalition MPs to curb the president's power to veto legislation, TASR news agency wrote.

Officials declared the prime ministers's and speaker's position after meeting President Ivan Gašparovič, who recently vetoed a major health reform package containing six laws.

Although the veto was nullified by MPs in a repeated vote, health Minister Rudolf Zajac, who prepared the reforms, criticised the president, suggesting his powers could be curtailed.

However, Hrušovský said,"I am not in favour of hasty and frequent changes to the Slovak constitution."

In less than six months in office, Gašparovič has so far vetoed 12 laws.

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