The Slovenia Times

President: Government Should Seek Confidence Vote


In his first public statements following the decision of Prime Minister Janez Janša not to subject the government to a confidence vote or resign, Pahor recalled that his government had been virtually unable to adopt any measures between the time that the first coalition partner left the coalition and the time he sought a confidence vote.

Verifying the government's support in parliament would, therefore, be good. "It would have beneficial effects on the government, the National Assembly and people's trusts in politics," he said. That way the government would be able to deflect criticism against unpopular decisions and have legitimacy for talks with social partners.

But he was quick to point out that only the prime minister can decide on a confidence vote according to law.

He said he would cooperate with the current government or any other cabinet confirmed by parliament. But "I'm not looking for a PM-designate...those who think they can perform the job well will have to get support in parliament," he said.

Pahor also said he would convene a meeting of party leaders in early February to see whether there is willingness to reach an agreement on joint efforts to tackle the crisis and what such an agreement might entail.

"Time is running out...the circumstances require action," he said. Asked who would benefit from such an agreement, he said it would be good for the country.

"It is no longer about such an agreement being added value in tackling the is an elementary precondition for the functioning of the state," he said.

The president also highlighted the need to preserve a high degree of tolerance in public discourse and respect for institutions of the state. "In the given circumstances tolerance is not everything, but without it we will be cheated out of everything because if will be impossible to do anything."

He expects politicians and other participants in public discourse to refrain from offending each other, which also applies to the attitude to state institutions. "Everyone has the right to an opinion, but they are nevertheless obliges to remain respectful."


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