BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - The Slovak government on Tuesday said it had postponed discussion of the 1998 state budget draft until its next regular session on November 11. "Finance Minister Sergej Kozlií withdrew the draft budget from today's agenda before the meeting began...due to minor issues that he said had to be reworked," government spokeswoman Magda Pospíšilová said during a regular government session. "The draft will be discussed at next Tuesday's regular session," she added. She would not elaborate further and finance ministry officials were not immediately available for comment. Pospíšilová also played down but declined to dismiss unequivocally rumours that it was considering replacing Finance Minister Sergej Kozlík. Neither finance ministry nor other government officials have disclosed any details of the final budget draft proposal. The government must submit the budget draft law to parliament for approval by November 15. There is no deadline set for parliament to approve the state budget law. Prime Minister Vladimír Mečiar's coalition government holds a comfortable majority in parliament and the budget, once submitted, is not expected to encounter major problems in being approved. Initial basic principles of 1998 budget, approved by the cabinet earlier this year, forecast revenue of 179 billion crowns ($5.4 billion) and expenditure, excluding repayment of state debt principal, at 184 billion crowns. The finance ministry has said it will only calculate the so-called fiscal deficit of the 1998 budget according to IMF standards -- the budget shortfall after deduction of debt principal payment. Such a deficit, Finance Minister Sergej Kozlík said, should not total more than five billion crowns in 1998. According to the original budget draft, the repayment of debt principal is expected to total some 28.5 billion crowns in 1998, with the overall debt servicing allocation totalling 40 billion crowns.