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Slovak government designates August 12 to mourn miners

Slovakia’s cabinet has declared a day of mourning on Wednesday August 12 for the 20 victims of the mining tragedy in Handlova. The cabinet made the decision during its special session on August 11. That session was also attended by President Ivan Gasparovic, the SITA newswire reported.

Slovakia’s cabinet has declared a day of mourning on Wednesday August 12 for the 20 victims of the mining tragedy in Handlova. The cabinet made the decision during its special session on August 11. That session was also attended by President Ivan Gasparovic, the SITA newswire reported.

The official mourning period will last from 8:00 to 20:00.

The government has expressed the need for a thorough and independent investigation of the tragedy. Prime Minister Robert Fico announced he has asked the local mining office to include experts from other mining offices in the investigation team in order to prevent a biased evaluation.

Compiled by Jana Liptáková from press reports
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