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Slovene Government - 1999 in Review

Ljubljana, 11 December - 1999 has been an eventful year for Slovene Government, marked chiefly by a series of replacements in ministerial positions. Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek, who celebrated the 7th anniversary of his first government in May, saw charges of breach of constitution filed against him and dismissed by Parliament on 9 December for the second time in 1998 after similar charges were also rejected by legislators on 21 May 1998. In May, the prime minister introduced the practice of answering the first three questions from the opposition himself during parliament's MP queries time. In July, Slovenia was faced, for the first time since independence, with a serious illness of a senior public servant - Prime Minister Drnovsek. Deputy Prime Minister Marjan Podobnik was standing in during Drnovsek's absence. Both the prime minister and the parliamentary speaker received a letter from Head of State Milan Kucan in November, reminding them of their responsibilities in the process of amending electoral legislation.

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