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Peršak, Aljoša

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Večer - Slovenia | 28/02/2014

Slovenia's citizens fight corruption

The former mayor of the Slovenian city of Maribor, Franc Kangler, has been sentenced to seven months in prison after he secured low-rent council accommodation for a fortune-teller even though she wasn't entitled to it. Kangler resigned from office at the end of 2012 after massive protests against him. Following the verdict the conservative daily Večer, which is based in Maribor, calls on citizens to redouble their commitment to fighting corruption: "Given the current situation in the country, apathy seems more appropriate than activism, but the convictions of numerous oligarchs and the strong message of the court in the Kangler case give us hope that we are in a cleansing process. In cases of abuse of power, even if it's just about a fortune-teller's apartment, the punishment is prison. This will no doubt shake the politicians at least as much as the protests of committed citizens. ... Each additional sentence against Kangler [who is being prosecuted for other offences too] gives us less excuses for not taking action."

Delo - Slovenia | 07/12/2012

Mayor of Maribor resigns too late

Reacting to the massive demonstrations against his leadership and amid accusations of corruption, Franc Kangler, mayor of Maribor, Slovenia's second-largest city, announced on Thursday that he will retire at the year's end. The people's anger could soon be directed against other politicians, the left-liberal daily Delo believes: "The people on the street have clearly shown that they no longer want Franc Kangler. The mayor failed to understand that for a long time, just as he now fails to see that it's not the demonstrators but he himself and his style of governing that are to blame for his resignation. For that reason he also missed the right moment to step down in an honourable fashion. ... Kangler isn't the only politician in the country with such a high view of himself. It's a frequent mistake of elected representatives to forget the voters' interests after election day. ... Kangler's resignation could have a domino effect."

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