Traditionally, a presidential veto is seen as a sign that the president is overriding the wishes of the country’s lawmakers.
But in outgoing Slovak President Andrej Kiska’s case, to veto a law that a majority of lawmakers voted for last week would be to do them a favor.
Slovakia’s far-right Slovak National Party or SNS put forth an amendment to protect Slovak state symbols — but also included an article on national anthems that many lawmakers seem to have missed.
The law, should it come into effect next month, would criminalize playing any national anthem but the Slovak one at public events on certain occasions — for example, public holidays — unless a member of a foreign delegation is at the event. The law also carries a fine of 7,000 euros ($7,890).
And so, according to a Euronews report, the lawmakers are asking their outgoing president to not sign the law.
Kiska, one imagines with the resigned disappointment of a middle-school teacher who’s just realized his students watched the movie instead of finishing the book, said he “would like to ask members of the government coalition to read what they vote for.” He added, “It would be much better if they were already paying more attention to the preparation of the bill.”