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Slovenia’s Government: Tottering on

By Stizzard
Slovenia’s government: Tottering on Making suggestions in Ljubljana

THE government is “clinically dead”, declared Delo, a Slovenian daily, on January 15th. The question is how long it can last in this state. Some say Janez Jansa, the prime minister, will step down within days; others expect him to cling on. His office dismisses talk of resignation. Yet Tomaz Saunik, a political analyst, concludes that “one way or another, he will fall”.Since November Slovenia has sizzled with protests. On January 8th the official anti-corruption commission dropped a bombshell by saying that Mr Jansa and Zoran Jankovic, leader of the largest parliamentary party, which is in opposition, had questions to answer. Both men, said the commission, “systematically and repeatedly violated the law” by failing to report their assets. Mr Jansa, already on trial for corruption, should say how he came by more than €200,000 ($ 265,000) of “unknown origin”. Mr Jankovic, who is also mayor of Ljubljana, should explain relations between firms owned by his sons, companies doing business with the city and cash transferred to his private account. On January 11th, 10,000 protesters…

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