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Weekly Home Affairs Review, December 5 - 11

Ljubljana, 12 December - For the second time this year the parliament this week rejected an impeachment motion against Premier Janez Drnovsek. Following a three-day debate, a thin majority of legislators also voted against ousting Minister of Education and Sports Slavko Gaber. Another outstanding event this week was President Milan Kucan's decision to nominate two candidates for the post of constitutional judge, Zvonko Fiser and Janez Metelko, from amongst five proposed candidates. Internal political scene, starting to calm down before the Christmas and New Year holidays, this week got upset by a new scandal that leaked from the Defence Ministry. The reports that were made public suggest that the ministry's intelligence service OVS surveilled and tapped on civilian persons. The scandal left a bitter taste in view of the fact that it had surfaced just days before the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Ombudsman Ivan Bizjak said in this respect that there are no systematic human rights violations in Slovenia, but stressed that most of the violations resulted from poor public administration performance.

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