The Slovenia Times

Interior Minister Not Ousted


The opposition Positive Slovenia (PS), which filed the motion, claimed Gorenak was responsible for several hundred referendum initiative signatures that were lost during the verification procedure in October.

Apart from the PS, the opposition Social Democrats also voted against the minister.

For his part Gorenak rejected all the opposition allegations, highlighting that none of the institutions that looked into the disappearance of the signatures found the ministry he heads at fault.

Most opposition parties showed strong support for Gorenak, but the Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) let their deputies to vote as they want, while the Citizens' List (DL) did not express its position during debate and the result of the vote remained unknown until the end.

The coalition Democrats (SDS), New Slovenia (NSi) and the People's Party (SLS) shared the view that Gorenak should not be dismissed without having been proven guilty.

PS deputy Barbara Žgajner Tavš on the other hand presented several cases that saw ministers resign not because they were directly responsible for wrongdoing but because they headed the portfolio under which mistakes were made.

Coalition deputies pointed out several times that there was no reason for the ousting motion. Marijan Pojbič of the SDS also said that he expects the PS to withdraw the motion and apologize publicly to the minister.

The PS maintained that somebody must take responsibility for what happened. MP Maša Kociper said that an attempt at blocking the will of the people was dangerous and that it was even worse if it had been perpetrated by authorities.

The issue is not "how many hours and metres" the documents had to travel from one institution to the other but that the minister knew what the outcome of the review as early as on Friday, 26 October, while the report reached the National Assembly only the next Tuesday, SD MP Majda Potrata said.


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