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Review of Events in Slovenia from 14 through 20 November

Ljubljana, 21 November - Apart from the tensing relations in the government coalition, the decision of the Constitutional Court that the Sunday's local elections will not be held in the Koper municipality most strongly marked the past week in Slovenia. The government functions normally despite the discords between the coalition parties, the Liberal Democracy of Slovenia (LDS) and the Slovene People's Party (SLS), Premier Janez Drnovsek said. The Slovene People's Party has not yet submitted the name of the new defence minister. The parliamentary working bodies were last week mainly adopting their standpoints referring to the submitted amendments to the budget draft for 1999. Since the agreement between the Defence Ministry and NATO has not yet been ratified, the opposition raised the question of whether NATO military exercise, being underway in Slovenia these days, means a certain kind of occupation of Slovenia. Ljubljana Archbishop and Slovene Metropolitan Franc Rode estimated that the relations between the Roman Catholic Church and the state were somewhat better than a year ago. Despite the fact that his eight-year mandate ended last week, outgoing Prosecutor General Anton Drobnic still insists on the post.

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