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Kováč passes, but his struggle continues

If we think the ways of the 1990s are behind us we are mistaken.

Michal Kováč sworn in as president, March 2, 1993.(Source: TASR)

Michal Kováč is now part of Slovakia's history.

He was instrumental in this country's birth, but even though the rest of the world praised the 1993 break-up of Czechoslovakia as a non-violent, 'velvet' divorce, what followed was hardly velvety.

Modern Slovakia was delivered by painful caesarean section and the wound has taken many years to heal, leaving behind a deep scar.

That pain was written in the fate and in the face of the late president.

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