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Cross-party consensus for expanding army powers

Ljubljana, 20 October - A broad cross-party consensus emerged in Slovenia on Tuesday to temporarily expand the army's powers to help the police protect the border in the face of a surging wave of refugees. Corresponding legislation is expected to be passed in parliament as early as today so it could step into force on Wednesday.

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PM Miro Cerar addressing reporters after meeting party leaders over a motion that would enable the army's involvement in the refugee crisis.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

Ljubljana
Jernej Vrtovec of the opposition New Slovenia (NSi) addressing reporters after party leaders meet over a motion that would enable the army's involvement in the refugee crisis.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

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Jože Tanko of the opposition Democrats (SDS) addressing reporters after party leaders meet over a motion that would enable the army's involvement in the refugee crisis.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

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SocDem Leader Dejan Židan addressing reporters after party leaders meet over a motion that would enable the army's involvement in the refugee crisis.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

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Luka Mesec of the opposition United Left (ZL) addressing reporters after party leaders meet over a motion that would enable the army's involvement in the refugee crisis.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

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