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Slovenie Internal Affairs - 1999 In Review

The year that saw the total solar eclipse, continued to witness Slovenia's the ruling coalition's trend of 'stable instability' that ran into occasional difficulties. These were mainly due to different views on certain nominations and appointments. The political parties were also busy during the year: the Slovene People's Party (SLS) and the Christian Democrats (SKD) were preparing for a merger; a former ruling coalition, the DEMOS, celebrated the 10th anniversary of its foundation; the Social Democrats (SDS) reelected Janez Jansa the party chairman and adopted an election programme. On the non-parliamentary party scene, a new political party - the Conservative Democracy of Slovenia (KDS), headed by former Defence Minister Alojz Krapez, was established, while the Democrats (DS) elected a new party leader. Despite the fact that parliamentary elections are knocking on the door, no agreement has yet been reached about the election system to be applied at the forthcoming elections.

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