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Newsgroups: soc.culture.czecho-slovak,bit.listserv.slovak-l Subject: RFE/RL Newsline CZ/SK Selection No. 146 Date: 29 Jul 1999 19:31:02 GMT Organization: Jump.Net Lines: 74 Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Reply-To: email@example.com NNTP-Posting-Host: serv1.jump.net To: "RFE/RL Newsline Selection Recipients" Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org (Peter Durcansky) Xref: hub.org soc.culture.czecho-slovak:56135 bit.listserv.slovak-l:19436 RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 3, No. 146, Part II, 29 July 1999 A selection from the RFE/RL Newsline -------------------------------------- RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC ________________________________________________________ RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 3, No. 146, Part II, 29 July 1999 ZEMAN AMONG LEAST POPULAR CZECH POLITICIANS. A public opinion poll conducted by Sofres-Factum earlier this month to determine the popularity of politicians from Milos Zeman's minority cabinet and their "shadow counterparts" from the Civic Democratic Party shows the premier among the least popular politicians, CTK reported on 27 July. Zeman ranks 30th out of 34 politicians included in the survey. For the first time since he took office last July, Zeman trails former Prime Minister Vaclav Klaus, who ranks 24th. The most popular politician is Justice Minister Otakar Motejl (an independent) while the least popular is Trade and Industry Minister Miroslav Gregr. MS CZECH GOVERNMENT APPROVES PLAN TO FIGHT EXTREMISM. The government on 28 July approved a plan drawn up by Deputy Premier Pavel Rychetsky and Human Rights Commissioner Petr Uhl for clamping down on organizations and movements that act against human rights, CTK reported. The plan provides guidelines to be followed by the Ministries of Education, Interior, Justice, and Labor and Social Affairs. It also lists organizations that can be dissolved by Interior Minister Vaclav Grulich. The list includes the Patriotic Front and the National Front of Castists, which disseminates propaganda against foreigners, Jews, Roma, and homosexuals. MS SLOVAK OPPOSITION SUBMITS REFERENDUM PETITION TO PRESIDENT. The petition demanding that a referendum be conducted on the right to use minority languages in contacts with the authorities and on the privatization of "strategic enterprises" (see "RFE/RL Newsline", 7 July 1999) was handed to the president's office on 28 July, CTK reported. The petition was signed by 444,823 individuals, considerably more than the 350,000 required to initiate a plebiscite. The youth organizations of the opposition Movement for a Democratic Slovakia and the Slovak National Party, as well as the nationalist Matica slovenska cultural organization, were behind the referendum drive. MS SLOVAK PRESIDENT WANTS TO MEET HUNGARIAN COUNTERPART. Rudolf Schuster on 28 July said that he hopes to meet with Hungarian President Arpad Goncz "as soon as possible," Hungarian media reported the next day. Schuster said that both he and the Slovak government have fulfilled electoral promises vis-a-vis the country's Hungarian minority by approving the new law on minority language use in contacts with the authorities. He said he does not believe the ruling coalition is facing a split. The Hungarian Coalition Party has said it will "reconsider" its participation in the coalition because the law does not meet some of its demands. MS ===================================================================== The above is a selection from the RFE/RL NEWSLINE, and the articles within are copyright of RFE/RL. On-line issues are available at http://www.rferl.org/newsline. Articles are selected if they contain information pertaining to the Czech or the Slovak republic. The selection process is done by a program and is thus highly error-prone. If you would like to receive this selection via e-mail, send a request to email@example.com.
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