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Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 September 2005, 09:07 GMT 10:07 UK
Slight win ends Slovakia deadlock
Political deadlock in Slovakia has ended after the coalition government succeeded in winning enough votes in parliament to open the session.

Opposition MPs had been boycotting parliament for more than a week in a bid to force Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda to call early elections.

But Mr Dzurinda secured support for his administration winning a parliamentary majority by just one vote.

Some independent deputies gave him the support he needed.

The opposition parties wanted to show that the government had lost the mandate to rule and an early election was needed.

Correspondents say the slim majority means the coalition would still remain vulnerable to calls for early elections.

The four parties in the centre-right coalition are the Christian Democrats, ANO, the Party of Hungarian Coalition and Dzurinda's Slovak Democratic and Christian Union.

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