Slovenia: Opposition pushes forward with second attempt to remove Janša

Slovenian opposition parties once again filed a motion for a constructive no-confidence vote in Janez Janša’s government, after their first attempt was thwarted due to coronavirus outbreaks among MPs.

According to the opposition proposal, the head of the Pensioners’ Party (DeSUS) Karl Erjavec remains a candidate for prime minister-designate.

Ten MP signatures, with each of the initiating parties contributing two signatures, support the proposal from the Marjan Šarec List (LMŠ), the Social Democrats (SD), the Left, the Alenka Bratušek Party (SAB) and DeSUS.

Introducing the no-confidence motion, Erjavec told reporters that the main objections to the government had to do with undermining constitutional principles. He added that the government was moving in the opposite direction from the principles of separation of powers, freedom of the press, respect for human rights and the rule of law, along with other values ​​that give Slovenia a constitutional democracy.

Against these dogmas, the government, and in particular Prime Minister Janez Janša, is investing heavily in undermining basic constitutional principles, weakening regulatory institutions and creating the so-called “second republic”.

According to Erjavec, this is the main target against the Democratic Party (SDS). This puts Slovenia on the path to becoming an “authoritarian democracy” in which the “great leader” holds the lead role and “the party follows it uncompromisingly”. The DeSUS president also said the government had no effective solution in fighting the COVID-19 epidemic and its measures have limited human rights and freedoms, causing grave social consequences.

In accordance with the rules of parliamentary procedure, the National Assembly may debate and vote on the motion as early as Friday and no later than 17 February. The most likely date is Monday.

The motion comes after the five parties, which make up the Informal Coalition of the Constitutional Arc (KUL), submitted a proposal for a constructive no-confidence vote to the government less than a month ago with the support of 42 MP signatures.

The vote was never canceled and Erjavec withdrew the proposal as the participation of all 90 deputies in the secret ballot was considered unsafe due to the epidemiological situation at the time.

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