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Parliament fails to approve Road Act

The Road Act vetoed by President Ivan Gašparovič and returned to parliament for revision failed to muster sufficient support in parliament, receiving only 70 votes out of the required 76.

The Road Act vetoed by President Ivan Gašparovič and returned to parliament for revision failed to muster sufficient support in parliament, receiving only 70 votes out of the required 76.

Among those who didn't vote for it were five governing-coalition HZDS MPs, including party leader Vladimír Mečiar and vice-chairman Miroslav Jureňa; four Smer MPs, including Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška; and five SNS MPs, including party boss Ján Slota and his deputy Anna Belousovová. The only MP of the governing coalition who voted for it was independent Martin Kuruc.

The president vetoed the legislation because objected to a provision that required applicants for a driving license to be examined by private companies instead of the police. He also disagreed with a provision that intends to enlarge the powers of the state to build motorways on land that it does not own.

The president pointed out that this amendment was related to a completely different piece of legislation (the law on one-off measures for the construction of selected highway and motorway sections, which was passed in December 2007 - ed. note). Allowing such a provision to be passed as part of a different law would therefore violate the principle of legal clarity, his spokesman explained. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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