The Slovenia Times

Media: First Parliament Day Bordering on the Absurd



As the new representatives of the people were arriving at the maiden session of parliament, the news broke that the prison sentence against ex-Maribor Mayor Franc Kangler was quashed by a higher court, the daily says in "Parade".

Only a little bit later President Borut Pahor, with a smile on his face, shook hands with the convicted former PM Janez Janša, who transformed the first meeting of parliament into a procession for his truth.

Yesterday's first session also featured outgoing PM Alenka Bratušek and outgoing FM Karl Erjavec, who only a day earlier proposed themselves as candidates for Slovenia's European commissioner.

This is a picture of a country in which anything goes, where the arrogance of rulers, alienation, selfishness and permanent lowering of the criteria of democratic hygiene and political culture has created a caricature of a state, a self-service for predators and egomaniac politicians who shamelessly trample on the interests of the country and the common good.

We are living in a country where a prime minister in only one year elevates herself to such a level that she dares to nominate herself for a senior post in Brussels, while the president is not able to distance himself from those who claim that Slovenia is a land of show trials, concludes the commentary.


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