The Slovenia Times

Slovenia turning into unstable state


"We practically don't have regular elections anymore, and prime ministers have got used to stepping down overnight. Government crisis is becoming new normality."

The last regular elections [held every four years] were held in 2008, when the Social Democrats (SD) assumed power from the Democrats (SDS).

All elections after that - in 2011, 2014 and 2018 - were "extraordinary", the newspaper says.

Šarec's resignation is the second of its kind in less than two years; in March 2018 PM Miro Cerar resigned almost overnight, yet at least a bit expectedly.

Perhaps some time in the future, when it will be of interest only to historians, Šarec's resignation will be seen as a logical step, being only the last in a series of resignations of government officials in recent weeks.

Vojmir Urlep resigned as a state secretary at the prime minister's office last November, a few days ago Metod Dragonja was announced to retire as a Finance Ministry state secretary, Defence Minister Karl Erjavec announced his resignation less than ten days ago, the finance minister resigned yesterday, and then the health minister said he had tendered his resignation more than two weeks ago to kick in after he submits two key bills.

Since "total disintegration was on the horizon", Šarec's "I'm fed up with it all" could even be understood, Primorske Novice says.

Noting the first reactions by politicians indicating an early election, the paper says it is entirely open who might win it.

But one thing is clear - whatever Šarec, and the prime ministers before him, have failed to do, will be for the new prime minister to tackle - waiting times in healthcare, EU presidency, Koper-Divača rail construction, a decision whether to abolish voluntary health insurance etc.

"These are the tasks which do not require a Superman, but normal political circumstances. Right now, Slovenia does not provide them."


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