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Delo - Slovenia | Friday, December 7, 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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