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Slovenia's PM accepts resignations of 3 ministers to soothe relations with the opposition

Slovenia's PM accepts resignations of 3 ministers to soothe relations with the opposition

Slovenia's premier, Janez Jansa, accepted the resignations of three of his ministers Thursday in an effort to quiet the political opposition, which had fiercely criticized them.
Jansa said the resignations of his ministers of health, transport and science would "prevent unproductive tensions with the opposition" as Slovenia focuses on preparations to take over the European Union's rotating presidency on Jan. 1 _ the country's most important international role since it gained independence in 1991.
"The Cabinet has no time for fruitless debates with the opposition on a personal level," Jansa told reporters.
He said replacements will be announced soon.
Lately, the opposition had intensified its criticism of Jansa's center-right government, especially of Health Minister Andrej Brucan, Transport Minister Janez Bozic and the Science Minister Jure Zupan _ the three who quit Thursday.
The opposition claimed that service in the public health sector deteriorated under Brucan, and that Science Minister Zupan failed to modernize universities.
Transport Minister Bozic came under attack this month after 10 people died in two traffic incidents, with the opposition claiming that more work should be done on the country's roads.
Jansa did not address opposition's criticisms but said the three ministers had "achieved good results" and showed "a great deal of correctness" by offering their resignations.
It is the first major reshuffle of Jansa's Cabinet, whose popularity has dwindled in the past few months, a year before parliamentary elections.
Slovenia, a country of 2 million that was part of the former Yugoslavia, joined the European Union and NATO in 2004. This year, it became the 13th nation to adopt the euro currency.


Updated : 2021-03-08 03:55 GMT+08:00