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Coalition withdraws controversial bill

THE RULING coalition has withdrawn the controversial amendment to the mountain rescue services law, shortly before a vote was due on it on June 29.

The amendment in fact would have introduced stricter penalties for violations of traffic rules, after separate legislation on the issue proposed by Interior Minister Vladimír Palko was rejected by opposition MPs and some ruling coalition deputies.

The opposition lashed out at the ruling coalition saying it was absurd to try and insert regulations on road violations into a law on mountain rescue services.

Coalition leaders will now seek different ways to pass an amendment on the roads and highways infrastructure.

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