Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Slovakian President Vetoes Anti-Muslim Bill; Override Expected

AFP reports that in Slovakia yesterday, President Andrej Kiska vetoed as "discriminatory" a bill that would make it more difficult for Muslims and other religious minorities to receive government subsidies.  Currently under Slovakian law, a religion must have at least 20,000 followers in the country in order to qualify for subsidies.  The bill that was passed by the National Council (the Parliament) would increase that number to 50,000.  Some 2,000 to 5,000 Muslims currently live in Slovakia, whose total population is 5.4 million. It is expected that the National Council will override the President's veto after Prime Minister Robert Fico told reporters, "While I am prime minister, I will never agree to establish a unified Muslim community in Slovakia."