Slovenia: Opposition pushes ahead with second attempt to remove Janša

Slovenia: Opposition pushes ahead with second attempt to remove Janša

The Slovenian opposition parties submitted once again a motion for a constructive vote of no confidence in the government of Janez Janša, after their first attempt was halted due to coronavirus outbreaks among MPs.

According to the opposition proposal, Pensioners’ Party (DeSUS) chief Karl Erjavec remains a candidate for prime-minister designate.

Ten MP signatures, with each of the initiating parties contributing two signatures, support the proposal by the Marjan Šarec List (LMŠ), the Social Democrats (SD), the Left, the Alenka Bratušek Party (SAB) and DeSUS.

Presenting the motion of no confidence, Erjavec told reporters that the main objections to the government referred to the undermining of constitutional principles. He added that the government was heading in the opposite direction from the principles of division of power, freedom of the press, respect of human rights and the rule of law, alongside other values that render Slovenia a constitutional democracy.

Against these dogmas, the government, and in particular Prime Minister Janez Janša, is investing a lot of effort in undermining the fundamental constitutional principles, weakening regulatory institutions and establishing a so-called “second republic”.

According to Erjavec, this is the main objective against the the Democratic Party (SDS). This places Slovenia on the path towards becoming an “authoritarian democracy” in which the “great leader” holds the main role and the “party uncompromisingly follows him”. The DeSUS president also said the government had no effective solutions in fighting the COVID-19 epidemic and its measures have limited human rights and freedoms, causing severe social consequences.

In line with the parliamentary rules of procedure, the National Assembly could debate and take a vote on the motion as early as on Friday and not later than 17 February. The most probable date is Monday.

The motion comes after the five parties, making up the informal Constitutional Arch Coalition (KUL), filed a proposal for a constructive vote of no confidence in the government less than a month ago with the support of 42 MP signatures.

The vote never took off and Erjavec withdrew the proposal after the participation of all 90 MPs in the secret ballot was deemed uncertain due to the epidemiological situation at the time. /ibna