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PRESS REVIEW FROM SLOVENIA, FEBRUARY 22, 1992

Ljubljana, 22 February - THE SLOVENEC: STOP REUTER - Will the Prime Minister succeed with his demand for the resignations of three ministers, considering the clear split between the delegates? At first glance, one might conclude that his proposal will not receive the necessary majority of votes, but we must also doubt that Lojze Peterle has not foreseen the opposition's next moves, wrote Tadej Labernik. Politics call for pragmatics and what seems impossible today can become reality overnight. If we believed that the power ratio was still clear on Wednesday, then we can also believe in all justification that it is no longer clear today. The parties that occupy seats in Parliament do so with the idea of taking part in the governing process some time in the future, continued the commentator. The fact that the Demos coalition broke up naturally does not mean that no other coalition can be formed - also with the current oppositional parties. The positions occupied by Ministers Rupel, Bavčar and Kacin are attractive and seemingly made to measure for the forming of coalitions and there is no lack of candidates for these three offices, either. If events do take this turn - which is not at all impossible - then we will have to wait till the end of the year for the next elections; and if not, then it would of course have been better had the elections taken place yesterday and not as late as the end of June. At the end of the editorial, Tadej Labernik also explains the connection between Reuter and these events: The first to report to the world on the demonstrations of March '81 in Kosovo was none other than Reuter, at which occasion, one of the functionaries in Kosovo, had shouted: "Stop Reuter!" at one of his officials as soon as he had hard by what channels the carefully guarded secret had been bared before the world. The fact is, though, that "Reuter" can not be stopped. A fact of which both the Prime Minister and all three Ministers are well aware of, concludes the author.

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