Slovenia: Opposition submits no-confidence motion to government

Slovenia: Opposition submits no-confidence motion to government

With the signatures of three deputies from the DeSUS party, the Coalition of the Constitutional Arc (KUL) submitted a proposal for a vote of constructive no confidence against the government of Janez Janša. The proposal was submitted with 42 signatures, after DeSUS MP Branko Simonović dissented and the remaining three MPs supported the motion of no confidence. “I regret the fact that there are not 43 votes, but I am convinced that the vote of no confidence can be successful,” said self-proposed prime minister-designate Karl Erjavec. “I think the denormalization of the country should stop. The government no longer has the trust of its citizens, and I expect the deputies in the National Assembly to come to terms with that as well.”

“Support for the vote of no confidence is support for a normal Slovenian state, otherwise it will be a victory for the Dark Ages. Every MP will have a chance to voice through their vote what kind of country they envisage,” said Marjan Šarec (LMŠ).

“Slovenia is being tested, alongside our democracy and the moral responsibility of each one of us. Slovenian Democrats are firmly committed to the decision to end this process and replace this government which is causing damage,” said SD president Tanja Fajon. “It is not a matter of counting the votes, but of responsibility. The government is not managing the epidemic well, and what is happening in the background is also harmful.”

“The situation we are facing today in Slovenia is the worst in the last 30 years. This is the lowest point of independent Slovenia. That did not happen because of external factors or coronavirus, but because of the strategy of Janez Janša,” said Luka Mesec, leader of the Left wing. “We know we have 42 votes, but we are asking for a voting because it is time for a test. Distrust works like a litmus test: in the polling station, every MP will have to ask themselves whether his heart beats conscience or a political career.”

“We have 42 votes. I would like to remind you that this is still one vote more than the votes of the current coalition,” said Alenka Bratušek (SAB) and listed all the problems that cause mistrust. “I do not want the country to continue to count negative records. The biggest losers of this crisis are the elderly, and the second largest is our youth. Why are the measures not working, you ask? Because people do not trust the government.”

A secret voting on the constructive no-confidence motion is expected to be held at an extraordinary session of the National Assembly next week. The new Prime Minister shall be elected with an absolute majority, that is, at least the 46 votes of all deputies. /ibna