Slovak parliament approves early election in March

Reuters

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovakia's parliament voted on Thursday to hold an early election in March next year, meeting an opposition demand and opening the path for ratification of a plan to bolster the euro zone's EFSF rescue fund.

The center-right cabinet fell on Tuesday after losing a confidence motion connected with ratification of the plan to give the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) more powers to fight the financial crisis.

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The opposition has pledged to provide votes for the EFSF in a repeated vote, likely later on Thursday, once the early election plan is approved.

(Reporting by Martin Santa, writing by Jan Lopatka)