The Slovenia Times

Slovenia observes Independence and Unity Day


More than 93% of those who cast their ballot in the 23 December vote backed Slovenia's independence from the former Yugoslavia.

The national ceremony was already held on Wednesday but a number of events are still scheduled for today. Among other things, President Borut Pahor will decorate the Slovenian World Congress, a non-profit organisation uniting Slovenians at home and abroad.

The organisation will receive an Order for Merits for its contribution to connecting Slovenians abroad with their homeland, the president's office said in a press release.

Following the decoration ceremony, Pahor will also host an event bringing together 130 Slovenian students, scientists, researchers and professors studying and teaching abroad.

Lojze Peterle, the prime minister of Slovenia's first democratically elected government, will address an event at the church of St Jacob near Medvode, a town north of Ljubljana. A number of holy masses for the homeland will also be celebrated across the country.

The 1990 referendum was the culmination of democratic simmering that started in the 1980s with the rise of the civil society and calls for greater democracy, a process accelerated by increasing tensions in Yugoslavia after the death of leader Josip Broz Tito in 1980.


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