Weekly Review of Events in Slovenia from April 2 to 8
Ljubljana, 12 April - SLOVENIA/REVIEW/WEEKLY
The first week of April, in line with the Easter holidays and Easter Monday, saw the political emotions, which had been stirred by the dismissal of Defence Minister Janez Janša, cool off. Seven citizens continued their hunger strike in Cankarjev Dom, demanding the resignation of President Milan Kučan and early parliamentary elections. After once again interrupting the March session, the National Assembly held an extraordinary session at which deputies discussed referendum areas for the formation of new municipalities. Foreign Minister Lojze Peterle went to Athens to sign an agreement abolishing visas between Slovenia and Greece. Meanwhile, in Budapest, Minister of Economic Relations and Development Davorin Kračun signed a free-trade zone agreement between Slovenia and Hungary. Following the dismissal of Janez Janša, president of the Social-Democratic Party of Slovenia (SDSS), from the post of Defence Minister, the party withdrew from the government coalition. The week also saw preparations for an anti-corruption rally, held on April 9 in Ljubljana, on an initiative launched by the SDSS, the Slovenian People's Party, the Greens and the National Democrats, joined at the last moment by the Slovenian Christian Democrats (SKD).
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