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Lawmakers Pass Second Supplementary Budget

Ljubljana, 16 July - MPs passed on Thursday in a 53:22 vote the second supplementary budget for 2009, which among other things raises the budget deficit to 5% of GDP. The coalition insisted that the redistribution of expenditure was optimal, given the circumstances, while the opposition criticised it for failing to give enough incentive to the troubled economy.

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Prime Minister Borut Pahor at the extraordinary session of the National Assembly on the second supplementary budget and crisis measures.
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Coalition Social Democrats (SD) deputy Matjaz Han, coalition Zares deputy Vili Trofenik and coalition Liberal Democrats (LDS) deputy Anton Anderlic at the extraordinary session of the National Assembly on the second supplementary budget and crisis measures.
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Coalition Zares deputy Lojze Posedel and opposition Democrats (SDS) deputy Eva Irgl at the extraordinary session of the National Assembly on the second supplementary budget and crisis measures.
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The extraordinary session of the National Assembly on the second supplementary budget and crisis measures.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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Prime Minister Borut Pahor (foreground), Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar (background) and Development Minister Mitja Gaspari (right) at the extraordinary session of the National Assembly on the second supplementary budget and crisis measures.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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Government Secretary-General Milan M. Cvikl (left) and Prime Minister Borut Pahor (centre) at the extraordinary session of the National Assembly on the second supplementary budget and crisis measures.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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Opposition People's Party (SLS) deputies Jakob Presecnik and Radovan Zerjav at the extraordinary session of the National Assembly on the second supplementary budget and crisis measures.
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Oposition Democrats (SDS) deputy group leader Joze Tanko, National Assembly Speaker Pavel Gantar, opposition National Party (SNS) deputySrecko Prijatelj and SDS deputy Jozef Jerovsek at the extraordinary session of the National Assembly on the second supplementary budget and crisis measures.
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Coalition Social Democrats (SD) deputy Julijana Bizjak Mlakar at the extraordinary session of the National Assembly on the second supplementary budget and crisis measures.
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DeSUS MP and culture minister candidate Julijana Bizjak Mlakar.
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Coalition Zares deputy Tadej Slapnik at the extraordinary session of the National Assembly on the second supplementary budget and crisis measures.
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Prime Minister Borut Pahor at the extraordinary session of the National Assembly on the second supplementary budget and crisis measures.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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Prime Minister Borut Pahor at the extraordinary session of the National Assembly on the second supplementary budget and crisis measures.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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Coalition Zares deputy Tadej Slapnik at the extraordinary session of the National Assembly on the second supplementary budget and crisis measures.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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Prime Minister Borut Pahor (left), Development Minister Mitja Gaspari (standing) and Government Secretary-General Milan M. Cvikl at the extraordinary session of the National Assembly on the second supplementary budget and crisis measures.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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National Assembly Speaker Pavel Gantar and Prime Minister Borut Pahor at the extraordinary session of the National Assembly on the second supplementary budget and crisis measures.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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Prime Minister Borut Pahor (centre) at the extraordinary session of the National Assembly on the second supplementary budget and crisis measures.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar (centre) at the extraordinary session of the National Assembly on the second supplementary budget and crisis measures.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Ljubljana
Prime Minister Borut Pahor at the extraordinary session of the National Assembly on the second supplementary budget and crisis measures.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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