Review Hari Stefanatos
Slovenia’s biggest opposition party, The Democrats (SDS), came out of the party’s wider leadership meeting on Saturday rejecting speculations about intraparty tensions, announcing instead an alternative government programme for taking the country out of the crisis.
The party’s leader, Janez Janša, also attended the meeting after being granted release from prison for its duration, since the Constitutional Court had temporarily reinstated his MP status on Friday.
Janša told reporters that the SDS would present an expert council, immediately after the 100-days grace period of the government passes, in order to draw up a an alternative programme that will lead the party out of the crisis.
“We are also offering help to the government, which has failed to constitute itself even though so many weeks have already passed”, the SDS leader said.
He also rejected media reports of a growing intraparty opposition, saying that this was part of a virtual reality constructed by the media and told reporters to instead focus on helping PM Miro Cerar find an Economy Minister.
Senior party members also downplayed the alleged urgency of Saturday’s meeting arguing that it was not about Janša, but a regular consultation meeting.
The SDS leader, however, confirmed the voices of criticism about the fact that too much of the party’s attention is being focused on his situation, which he labeled a false dilemma that can be dismissed when one considers who is forcing SDS into this.
The Patria bribery scandal and the current situation was not created by the SDS but “by the one who is trying to rule from the background”, while the SDS is only defending itself.