A Short History of Impeachment in Slovenia

By , 03 Apr 2021, 14:06 PM Politics
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STA, 2 April 2021 - The opposition-sponsored motion proposing parliament impeach PM Janez Janša before the Constitutional Court is the seventh such motion against a prime minister or president to date. None have succeeded. Most have been tabled by Janša's Democrats (SDS) with late Janez Drnovšek being the most frequent target.

22 November 1994, a motion to impeach PM Janez Drnovšek

The motion was tabled at the initiative of the People's Party (SLS) by 17 opposition MPs. They accused Drnovšek of violating several constitutional articles and the foreign affairs act through negotiations with Italy on foreigners' right to real estate in Slovenia. The National Assembly overwhelmingly voted down the motion on 19 January 1995, but had to repeat the vote on demand from one MP (the result of the first vote was 15 in favour and 58 against; and of the second 17 in favour and 56 against).

7 April 1998, a motion to impeach PM Janez Drnovšek

The motion was put forward by the SDS over a contentious security agreement Slovenia signed with Israel in 1995. The National Assembly rejected the motion on 21 May by 46 votes to 28.

19 October 1998, a motion to impeach PM Janez Drnovšek

The proposal was submitted by a group of MPs headed by Janša (SDS), once again over the Israeli-Slovenian agreement. It was voted down on 9 February 1998 with 24 in favour and 46 against.

28 January 2010, a motion to impeach President Danilo Türk

The motion was put forward by MPs from the ranks of the SDS and SLS and was prompted by Türk's decorating in 2009 Tomaž Ertl, a former chief of the communist secret police for his role in a police operation helping Slovenia's independence efforts. The MPs argued Ertl was directly responsible for human rights violations. The motion was voted down by 52 votes to 32 on 3 March 2010.

15 November 2017, a motion to impeach PM Miro Cerar

The proposal was filed by SDS MPs, who accused Cerar of abusing his position for intervening to prevent a lawful decision to deport Syrian refugee Ahmad Shami. The National Assembly rejected the motion by 52 votes to 18 on 9 January 2018.

21 December 2018, a motion to impeach PM Marjan Šarec

The motion was proposed by MPs from the ranks of the SDS and National Party (SNS) for the legislator's failure to implement a Constitutional Court ruling to secure full financing of publicly approved curricula in private primary schools. The motion was voted down by 53 votes to 29 on 29 January 2019.

2 April 2021, a motion to impeach PM Janez Janša

The proposal was tabled by MPs from the Marjan Šarec List (LMŠ), Social Democrats (SD), the Left and the Alenka Bratušek Party (SAB), who allege the government seized all the powers to manage the Covid-19 epidemic and failed to order all the available amounts of vaccines. They also allege pressure on the media and prosecution, among other things.

*In 2014 the SDS announced such a motion against Alenka Bratušek, the prime minister of the time, over delays in enacting a law on the fiscal rule. The motion was not filed because Bratušek stepped down a few weeks later after being defeated by Ljubljana Mayor Zoran Janković for the presidency of the party Positive Slovenia.

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