In Slovenia

NSi offers itself as solution to end bi-partisan antagonism

Ljubljana – New Slovenia (NSi) met for a virtual congress on Saturday in preparation for next year’s general election where their leader Matej Tonin said this Christian democratic party should get the mandate to form a government in order to avoid the “inefficiency” of the centre-left and the “sharpness” of the senior partner in the current ruling coalition.

Justice Minister Dikaučič survives no-confidence vote

Ljubljana – Marjan Dikaučič remains justice minister after 42 MPs voted in favour on Monday of a motion of no confidence tabled by five opposition deputy groups, four short of the required majority. He was endorsed by 28 MPs as several deputy groups, including the junior coalition NSi, abstained.

Education minister says criticism meant to silence her as woman

Ljubljana – Education Minister Simona Kustec responded to criticism mounted against her in a motion of no confidence as it is being debated in parliament on Friday by presenting achievements of her ministry so far. She sees the criticism of her work coming from the left-leaning opposition as being based on “mechanisms for silencing women”.

Škofja Loka Passion Play declared best production at drama festival

Kranj – Škofja Loka Passion Play staged by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj and directed by Jernej Lorenci received the Šeligo Prize for the best production at the 51st Week of Slovenian Drama, while also receiving the audience’s choice award and the awards for actors, as the festival concluded in Kranj on Saturday evening.

SDS deputy Ljubo Žnidar resigns

Ljubljana – Ljubo Žnidar, an MP for the coalition Democrats (SDS), has resigned. The party said he stepped down for personal reasons and decided to continue his professional career in the corporate sector.

SDS deputy group leader Danijel Krivec said Žnidar no longer saw himself in this role and did not wish to contest an election again.

Parties with mixed reactions to election date announcement

Ljubljana – After President Borut Pahor announced he would call a general election for 24 April, this triggered varied reactions from political parties all across the political spectrum. Coalition partners largely welcomed this decision, while opposition parties mostly still favour the increasingly unlikely option of a snap election.

POP TV poll shows support for SDS rising, Pahor’s ratings fall

Ljubljana – The ruling Democratic Party (SDS) has recorded a rise in its support ratings of almost four percentage points compared to September, while President Borut Pahor’s popularity has comprehensively declined, shows the latest poll commissioned by the commercial broadcaster POP TV.

Home Policy Committee votes down motion for snap election

Ljubljana – The parliamentary Home Policy Committee voted down late on Friday evening a motion by the centre-left opposition calling for a snap election. The emergency session, which lasted for more than nine hours, discussed the situation in the country. The government finds the motion to be unwarranted.