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President signs highway law

Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič has not stopped the controversial package of one-time special measures to speed up highway construction that parliament passed on December 11. The president signed the bill into law, which includes tools for expropriating the land needed to complete the unfinished road sections for the highway linking the eastern and western parts of the country, according to Sme daily.

Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič has not stopped the controversial package of one-time special measures to speed up highway construction that parliament passed on December 11. The president signed the bill into law, which includes tools for expropriating the land needed to complete the unfinished road sections for the highway linking the eastern and western parts of the country, according to Sme daily.

The country’s opposition said that it would turn to the Constitutional Court immediately after the law is published in the parliament’s official bulletin. The opposition wants to have the validity of the law halted.

“It is obvious that the court should decide as soon as possible,” said Daniel Lipšic, former justice minister and deputy of the Christian Democratic Movement. “If the construction and expropriation starts, the decision on the unconstitutional nature of the law will not be able to revert the new situation.”

Lipšic also told Sme that the president, who has a law degree, proved himself unqualified to practice law.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports

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