Ljubljana Mayor: SDA Candidate Aims to Expose Janković’s Flaws

By , 15 Oct 2018, 16:30 PM Politics
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STA, 15 October 2018 - Anže Logar, the Democratic Party's (SDS) candidate for the Ljubljana mayor, formally submitted his bid on Monday, indicating that he would challenge incumbent Zoran Janković by exposing the flaws of his 12-year rule in Ljubljana. 

Logar said he expected a face-off of platforms in the campaign, because time had come to look at deficiencies that had accumulated over the past 12 years.

"I believe that it is the presentation of various programmes which the people of Ljubljana need to be able to make a right choice in the end," Logar told reporters after he and SDS candidates for the city council in the 18 November elections filed their bids.

Logar has already been endorsed by the conservative New Slovenia (NSi) and People's Party (SLS). He is pleased with the support and is looking forward for potential endorsements from other parties.

"If the LMŠ is among them, I believe this will be because of my platform and because they will believe we are capable of carrying out that platform together," he said in response to a question as to whether he expected to be endorsed by Prime Minister Marjan Šarec's party in a potential run-off.

Commenting on Janković's declaring that he would win an outright majority in the first round, Logar said that, if the candidates had enough opportunities to face off their platforms, he trusted the people of Ljubljana to make the right decision.

"Considering that he said he will run without a platform, Janković may support our platform too so that we can implement it together," Logar said.

He said that the SDS had suggested postponing some of the city's project until after the elections, in particular those that looked suspicious because the investment structure was not clear. If Janković is so confident that he will win in the first round, Logar cannot see why he would not accept the proposal.

Offering one example of such contentious projects, Logar said that a civil initiative had raised issues with the planned zoning amendments for the Parmova Street near the emerging mosque, and that they had not been taken into account.

Logar also expressed hope for the turnout to be as high as possible.

Apart from Janković and Logar, bids for the Ljubljana mayoral office have been announced by Dragan Matić for the Modern Centre Party (SMC), Mirko Brnič Jager for the Greens, Smiljan Mekicar for the Good State and Mihael Rihar for Forward Slovenia.

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