Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Monday, 13 July 2020

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This summary is provided by the STA:

Prime minister under fire over Srebrenica tweets

LJUBLJANA - Prime Minister Janez Janša became the target of criticism in Bosnia-Herzegovina after implying on Twitter that the Srebrenica massacre would not have occurred had post-WWII summary executions been adequately condemned. Janša published a tweet on Saturday, the 25th anniversary of the massacre in Srebrenica, stating that the massacre "would not have occurred if Communist ideology had been done away with in the territory of the former Yugoslavia and post-war killings in Slovenia and elsewhere condemned." He followed up with several tweets clarifying his reasoning. Oslobođenje, a major Bosnian newspaper, wondered whether the statement was "an attempt to amnesty criminals who perpetrated one of the biggest genocides in this region", while Slobodna Bosna said it was a "morbid provocation not becoming of a statesman".

Interior minister to rethink his decision to resign

LJUBLJANA - Interior Minister Aleš Hojs said he will rethink his decision to step down, after he was urged by Prime Minister Janez Janša to reconsider. "In the next two, three days I will definitely thoroughly think about that," Hojs told TV Slovenija on Saturday evening, adding that he would in any case wait until an opposition motion to oust him is debated in parliament. Janša said on Friday he had not yet opened the envelope containing Hojs's resignation letter - which Hojs published on Twitter - arguing that Slovenia was in a situation where it "urgently needs a minister who is operational 24 hours per day".

Slovenia records 14 new coronavirus infections, hospital numbers stable

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia confirmed 14 new coronavirus infections in 560 tests performed on Saturday. The number of patients in hospital remained flat at 16 and none needed intensive care. The new cases were recorded in ten municipalities across the country, two of which had not had a single recorded case before, according to Covid-19 Sledilnik, a coronavirus tracking website. Much like in previous days, the new cases were mostly among the younger populations with 3 recorded in children under four years of age and only two among those over 65.

Hidria cautious, expects end-year sales down by a fifth

IDRIJA - Industrial conglomerate Hidria, a major car industry supplier, expects end-year sales to decline by a fifth compared to 2019 due to coronavirus, CEO Iztok Seljak told the STA. He said the situation in the automotive industry, which accounts for some 70% of group sales, was very complex and coronavirus would accelerate certain processes, including the transition to highly efficient diesel and gasoline engines, hybridisation and electrification, and new sharing economy models. Seljak thinks Hidria is well placed to benefit from these trends.

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