The Slovenia Times

President Expects PM to Decide about Govt


Pahor, speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony commemorating a WWII battle of Dražgoše, said he was in intensive consultations with senior politicians to assess the situation after the release of the report by the anti-graft watchdog, an institution that Pahor said deserved respect.

But the president said it was the responsibility of the prime minister and the ruling coalition to ascertain whether the report created a situation in which the government's resignation or a vote of confidence was inevitable.

He referred to the report on the financial disclosure of parliamentary party leaders in the period between 2005 and 2012 which singled out the leader of the biggest two factions in parliament, Janša and Zoran Janković, as being in breach of anti-graft legislation. Pahor was also among those whose assets had been checked.

"The crucial thing is whether, when and how the government will resign and what are the odds of a consensus or a sufficient enough majority in the National Assembly to avoid an early election through the appointment of a political or technocrat government," Pahor said.

Pahor, whose government ended its term early after losing a confidence vote in 2011, said that a snap election as the last resort would again mean "months of political deadlock which would in fact halt the engine of reform activity".

"The fate of this government is by law and Constitution in the hands of the government itself. Meanwhile, the responsibility of everyone else is to reflect on how to take decisions so that a political crisis can be avoided," Pahor said.

The president intends to meet the PM, heads of both houses of parliament and the leaders of parliamentary parties next week in a bid to find a solution with a board enough support. He said that unless such a solution is found measures necessary to bring the country out the economic and social crisis would not be possible.


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