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Press Review From Slovenia

Ljubljana, 26 August - By postponing the debate on Janez Janša's criticism of the Maribor legal professionals until the next government session, Drnovšek has prevented a rash confrontation between the parties within the government and given all parties involved time for thought and to cool their tempers, writes Večer under the headline "Time for Thought and Cooling Tempers". The commentator writes that Janša had no doubt counted on the exaggerated reactions to his criticism and the split within the government as well as in the wider political arena. It also became evident following the many controversial discussions that the question of the division of power was more complex than anticipated. One can only speak of a systematic division of power in the case where the division is institutionally regulated so that, although the politicians may think and speak as they wish, judges will not decide in favour of any of them. The commentator then goes on to say that we can look forward to more squabbles in the autumn season - and not only over arms-smuggling and the judiciary, as conflicts are simply an integral part of everyday pluralist politics. As far as the independence and reputation of the judges are concerned, concludes the commentator, these two factors can best be asserted by their doing all within their power to achieve the best results in the courts.

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