Slovenian Prime Minister resigns following Supreme Court ruling

  • Mihajlo Kopanja
  • 16.3.2018 18:40

Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar resigned on 14 March following the ruling of Slovenian Supreme Court to annul the results of the September 2017 referendum, which approved an investment of €1 billion euro in the 27-kilometre long Koper-Divača railroad. The referendum was annulled over an unfair use of state resources in the campaign advocating for the project.

The verdict represents only the last of the mounting difficulties with which Cerar's government was lately confronted, including significant strikes by public sector employees, failed negotiations with labour unions, and difficulties with junior partners within the government coalition. In the wake of upcoming parliamentary elections in June, Cerar`s resignation can be interpreted as a tactical move to increase the currently low public trust in his party. With the rise of the anti-system centrist party of Marjan Šarec, an ex-comedian and presidential candidate, the weakening of the opposition conservative SDS party, the rise of Social Democrats and recent wage and labour protests, a left-wing coalition after the July election remains likely with or without Šarec. Slovenian defence spending is thus unlikely to rise despite the 72nd brigade of Slovenian Armed Forces failing NATO's Combat Readiness Evaluation (CREVAL) of operational capabilities for joint NATO operations.

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