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Economy Ministry appointment delayed

DESPITE PM Mikuláš Dzurinda delivering Jirko Malchárek's ministerial nomination proposal to the president on September 12, he will have to wait for the president's return from his working trip from USA for an answer.

President Ivan Gašparovič has not said exactly when he will confirm Malchárek's nomination as Economy Minister, the Pravda daily reported.

Malchárek is to replace the temporary Economy Minister, Ivan Mikloš, who is also the Finance Minister. Mikloš took over the running of the economy ministry after its former minister, Pavol Rusko, was dismissed. This followed disputes, both inside Rusko's ANO party and within the ruling coalition, involving promissory notes worth more than Sk100 million (€2.6 million).

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Slovak Christmas - traditional and new Photo

A chain around the table legs and waiting for a golden pig. Some old Christmas traditions survive to this day and others have disappeared.

Culture minister resigns from post as deputy chair of Smer

His replacement is expected to be elected at the December party congress.

Culture Minister Marek Maďarič

Peace, joy and good cheer pack a punch in the streets of Bratislava and its regions. Wassail! Photo

As well as the city centre, individual boroughs are hosting Christmas markets this year; the nearby Schloss Hof is offering a Christmas programme too.

Christmas atmosphere on Hviezdoslavovo square

Sledging run opens in the High Tatras Photo

The sledge track will be 2.5 kilometres long, all the way from Hrebienok to Starý Smokovec.

Hrebienok-Starý Smokovec sledge ride