Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša survived an impeachment vote in parliament on Wednesday, with 42 deputies voting in favor and 44, meaning the required 46 deputies failed to reach the required number. The vote took place on Wednesday evening, after more than ten hours of debate in Parliament.
The registration of the vote shows that the coalition parties as well as the National Party (SNS), two deputies of the Pensioners’ Party (DeSUS) and both minority deputies voted against the impeachment, which was expected from the debate.
The motion of indictment was sparked by the List of Marjan Šarec (LMŠ), the Social Democrats (SD), the Left and the Alenka Bratušek Party (SAB), who accused Janša of violating several articles of the Constitution and laws on health care, media, prosecution and humanity and constitutional rights.
They said the government cooperated with the management of the Covid-19 epidemic, failed to order Slovenia part of the Covid-19 vaccine in full, and put pressure on the media, including the Slovenian Press Agency (STA) and the prosecution.
Jani Möderndorfer (LMŠ) said that while caretaker Health Minister Janša failed to get Slovenia to buy its full share of Covid-19 vaccines, and as prime minister was responsible for the government failing in its legal obligation to fund STAs as its public service, and the obligation to be formally acquainted with the names of candidates for European delegated prosecutors.
“He acts against the laws and the constitution and the international instruments that Slovenia – like it or not – has pledged to respect,” Möderndorfer said, describing Janša’s behavior as “arbitrary, authoritarian, harmful and dangerous” and “mocking democracy and the country and its people ”.
He said the reason for Janša’s illegal and unconstitutional conduct was his personal struggle against everything that was independent and autonomous in any democratic country. The media was his first target and STA the easiest of them all.
Speaking to SocDems, Bojana Muršič said that Slovenia was being run by an authoritarian government that did not care about the laws, the Constitution and the people who pursue its goals. “Open violations have become a daily practice.”
Janša dismissed the allegations in general terms, saying the blaming motion contained “so many absurd things that it makes no sense to answer them all and there is no point in arguing about it”.
Slovenia was not in a catastrophe as claimed by the opposition, but very optimistic time, he said. “We can see a year ahead of us that will be faster than average for EU member states and that will take Slovenia back to pre-crisis levels in record time.”
He said that, given the situation, it can be expected that the epidemic situation, in force until mid-June, will be suspended after that and that Slovenia could enter a transitional period when most of the measures will be eliminated. Slovenia reaches the level required to vaccinate until summer.
He blamed 4,000 plus-deaths Covid-19 on the previous government that did not prepare for the epidemic.
As for the health system and media, he claimed that 400m euros had been invested in Slovenian hospitals in the last ten years, while more than a billion had been invested in the national broadcaster RTV Slovenija and STA in the same period.