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Annual Review of Slovenian Interior Affairs

Ljubljana, 10 December - Looking back at it, the year 2002 seemed to be all about elections. In fact, the simultaneous staging of the local and presidential elections - an occurence of every 20 years - provided for a very diverse year on the domestic affairs scene. Slovenians will now have to get used to life without Milan Kucan, who has been the only president since independence eleven years ago. Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek was elected new president, and is to assume the post before the year 2002 draws to a close. The country also got a new lineup in the upper chamber of parliament, the National Council. Although this year's elections have brought on several changes, including a government reshuffle, they were not the only news-making headlines. From adopting new standing orders to the frantic adoption of EU-compatible laws, parliament made its share of headlines. Proposed changes to the Constitution also made sure that the newly-established parliamentary commission for the constitution did not remain without work and that people could once again discuss the shape, size, colour and importance of national insignia. However, nothing makes for a good read like trials - and Slovenia had its share of those in 2002 too, including the seemingly never-ending trial of the suspected ringleader of a person-trafficking cartel and a former state secretary apparently gone corrupt.

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