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Parliament overrides President's veto, passes School Act amendment

Slovak MPs on February 3 overrode a veto by President Ivan Gašparovič by once more approving an amendment to the School Act prepared by the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK).

Slovak MPs on February 3 overrode a veto by President Ivan Gašparovič by once more approving an amendment to the School Act prepared by the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK).

The law change was supported by 106 out of 138 MPs in attendance, with 32 MPs voting against, the TASR newswire wrote.

Opposition MPs voted for the amendment along with all the MPs present from the coalition Smer party. Conversely, MPS from the other governing coalition parties, the Slovak National Party (SNS) and the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS), voted against.

The amendment, which will come into force on April 1, deals with the issue of bilingual place-names in geography textbooks used by schools in Slovakia which teach in Hungarian. Under its terms, widely-used Hungarian (or, where applicable, other minority language) place-names will appear first in textbooks, followed by their Slovak equivalent.

The amendment was first passed in December last year, but subsequently vetoed by Gašparovič who argued that its wording contravened the Constitution, as well as other laws, and that it couldn't be carried out in practice. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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