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Der Standard - Austria | Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Slovenia overhauls its democracy

The coalition partner of Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša announced on Saturday that it was withdrawing its support and called on Janša to resign amidst allegations that he was guilty of corruption. Zoran Jankovic, who is likewise accused of corruption, stepped down as leader of his party on the same day. Slovenia is facing a serious governmental crisis, the left-liberal daily Der Standard writes and sees the beginnings of a second revolution: "This is not just about responsibility vis-à-vis the grave economic situation but also about respect for the rule of law. The anti-corruption authority has found proof of irregularities regarding Janša's income statements. ... Most Slovenians share this view. According to a poll by the business paper Finance, 86 percent want the prime minister to resign, while 90 percent want the mayor of Ljubljana, Zoran Jankovic, to step down. In Slovenia the crisis is obviously leading to a reform of the political culture that is also being pushed forward by the demonstrators. ... This harks back to the beginning of the 1990s when Slovenians fought an exemplary battle for democratisation."

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