RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
RFE/RL NEWSLINE 19 March 1999
SLOVAK COALITION OVERCOMES CRISIS. The coalition has managed
to overcome a crisis that postponed by one day the passage of
the law on direct presidential elections (see above) and
threatened the passage of the 1999 budget. Hungarian
Coalition Party (SMK) deputies had boycotted the parliament's
session for two days to protest both this year's budgetary
allocations for financing minority cultures and Agriculture
Minister Pavel Koncos's refusal to appoint a SMK member as
head of the Slovak Land Fund. The SMK claims funds allocated
this year to minorities are half those earmarked previously.
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