Janez Jansa leads poll ahead of Sunday's ballot - A whiff of xenophobia

Janez Jansa leads poll ahead of Sunday's ballot - A whiff of xenophobia

Former Conservative Prime Minister of Slovenia Janez Jansa hopes to sign his return to power after the early general election slated to take place Sunday, June 3 after waving the specter of a migratory invasion in this small country of 2 million people located on the former " Balkan route".

Forced to resign in 2013, Jansa tumbled out of the political scene of his country amid a corruption case (bribery conviction) dating from his first term (2004-2008). At present, the leader of the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) is leading the polls with 25.5% as polls show.

Actively supported by the Hungarian National Conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban, he hardened the tone of his formation, formerly ranked in the centre-right, not hesitating to borrow the xenophobic "accent" of his Hungarian ally.

He is far -opinion wise- from outgoing centre-left Prime Minister Miro Cerar, worn out by four years of power in spite of record economic growth, with the Central Modern Party (SMC) capping at 8.8%.

Jansa, who has so far secured only the support of the small New Slovenia party (centre-right, 8.3%), however, will have to carry out delicate negotiations to gather a majority of government, say the political experts.

In this context, independent Marjan Sarec, a former-actor-turned-mayor of a small provincial town, looks like Jansa's main opponent gathering 13.7%. Despite the decline of Cerar, the block constituted by the current centre-left majority continues to weigh 29.4%, the Social Democrats being credited with 12.5% ​​and the Democratic Party of Pensioners of Slovenia (DeSUS) led by led by Karl Erjavec, by 8.1% .

A few words about Cerar

Bloomberg has written that "(Miro) Cerar's administration, on its way to become the Balkan euro-area country’s first to complete a full four-year term since the start of the global financial crisis a decade ago, has overseen robust economic growth following a 2013 taxpayer-backed bank bailout. Cerar’s party emerged weeks before the July 2014 elections to take advantage of voter disappointment over the bank bailout and the previous government’s plans to sell off state assets."

However, outgoing Cerar has not kept his word, the word he gave to the bloc related to selling . Slovenia's largest bank, Nova Ljubljanska Banka d.d.

"Slovenia made the commitment after receiving permission from the EU's executive commission to use 3.2 billion euros ($3.8 billion) of taxpayer money to bail out a state-run banking sector that, following years of mismanagement by the state, pushed the country to the brink of insolvency", Bloomberg had reported a few months ago.

An interesting reaction to the SDS ideas and the reality

Danilo Türk, a left-leaning independent president of Slovenia between 2007 and 2012 expressed his concern over what the SDS leader is being saying, characterising the situation "disturbing". It must be said, however, that he is a minority in his country as anti-immigrant feelings have been clouding the conscience of Slovenians who appear to like, prefer and choose the extreme rhetoric of the former PM, Janez Jansa.

Türk said "I am very concerned about the rhetoric coming from the SDS campaign (...)

We have never had this kind of hate-mongering, xenophobia and plain lies in our electoral campaigns. All this is coming at the time of a general movement of the European electorate to the right – in some countries to [the] far right. The situation is disturbing.".... / IBNA

Main Photo (File): SDS head, Janez Jansa

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