Referendum in Slovakia fails to bring early vote closer

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(Reuters) – A referendum in Slovakia failed to open a path to early elections after most voters avoided the polling stations on Saturday, quashing the opposition’s plan to bring the contest forward. Only 27.3% of voters cast ballots, far below the absolute majority a referendum must attract to be valid, according to data released overnight by the Statistics Office. Only one popular vote – on joining the European Union – has passed the threshold since Slovakia’s independence in 1993. An early election can be held in Slovakia if the constitution is changed to permit parliament’s four-year term t…

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