SLS President Proposes the New Defence Minister; Premier Drnovsek to Inform the Parliament that Marincek will Temporarily Take over the Defence Ministry

Ljubljana, 24 November - President of the Slovene People's Party (SLS) and Deputy Prime Minister Marjan Podobnik proposed State Secretary to Defence Ministry Marija Ribic, who is chiefly in charge of the budget, to be appointed to the post of the new defence minister. Podobnik presented Slovene Prime Minister and President of the Liberal Democracy of Slovenia (LDS) Janez Drnovsek with Marija Ribic's candidacy for the post. Prime Minister Drnovsek is to inform the National Assembly on Tuesday that Minister of Science and Technology Lojze Marincek will temporarily take over the defence ministry for three months, STA learned in the premier's office. In this time, the premier is also to decide about the new candidate to take over the defence ministry.

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