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Weekly Review of Events Involving Slovenia from 20 to 26 April

Ljubljana, 27 April - In a week marked by extremely lively political activity, probably in anticipation of a more quiet May Day-week, Slovenia finally got two eagerly expected pieces of legislation - the act on wages in the public sector and the employment act. After weeks of plummeting support for Slovenia's bid to enter NATO, the trend has finally reversed, as several surveys, although revealing greatly differing results, have shown that Slovenes are more and more inclined to support NATO accession at referendum. At least in part, this may be the result of ever louder pro-NATO voices by senior Slovene officials, notably Prime Minister Drnovsek and President Milan Kucan, the latter urged recently by Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel to finally start advocating NATO more vigorously. Meanwhile Drnovsek, promising to make the autumn presidential race very exciting, said that he sees no possibility of running for president, although experts suggest that he would probably have won a landslide if only he entered the race. And while the highly-disputed government jet, which made big headlines over the past weeks, has so far spared the government, with the wide-spread accusations slowly quieting down, it managed to sweep away editor-in-chief of the news programme on public TV Slovenija, who had to resign after some 60 journalists accused him of censorship for putting a lid on a news report on the price of the disputed jet.

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