“Reporter” Predicts Janković Will Easily Win Another Term as Ljubljana Mayor

By , 09 Oct 2018, 14:57 PM Politics
“Reporter” Predicts Janković Will Easily Win Another Term as Ljubljana Mayor ljubljana.si. Photo: Uroš Hočevar

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STA, 8 October 2018 - Reporter, the right-leaning magazine, predicts in Monday's commentary that Ljubljana Mayor Zoran Janković will easily secure another term, but it says the campaign will nevertheless be a battle now that the Democrats (SDS) will field MP Anže Logar. 

Janković, who turns 66 in January, should retire rather than seek another term. No political office holder should be irreplaceable, the paper comments in ‘Gunfight at O.K. Corral’.

Looking at his rivals, Reporter says that only a strong left-of-centre candidate would be able to sweep him out of office, but there is no such candidate on the horizon.

But even though Logar does not realistically stand a chance of winning, his candidacy marks the first time in years that the SDS has fielded a good candidate.

"The SDS deputy and long-serving councilman has nothing to lose, even if he is defeated. If he achieves a good result, he would be 'rewarded' with being placed third on the SDS ballot for the European elections next year; Logar has always wanted to be MEP."

The Janković-Logar battle will also be a matter of political prestige, another tug-of-war between former President Milan Kučan's Forum 21 and Janez Janša's SDS.

Unfortunately, the composition of the electorate and the analysis of election results in Ljubljana show that a candidate of the right becoming mayor is very unlikely.

The fact is that despite criminal procedures, Janković remains one of the most untouchable politicians in the country. But even though one may not like Janković, he has done more in 12 years than all of his predecessors since independence put together.

"Despite all of his machinations, we cannot deny his operational abilities. But such a sheriff would need someone to control the financial flows of the city's investments," Reporter says.

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