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PRESS REVIEW FROM SLOVENIA, MARCH 13, 1992 (STA)

Ljubljana, 13 March - SLOVENEC: DR. JOŽE PUČNIK: I WILL CANDIDATE FOR THE OFFICE OF PRIME MINISTER IN CASE OF NECESSITY - I will candidate only in case of necessity, said Dr. Pučnik in an exclusive interview for Slovenec newspaper. The former head of Demos commented the meeting with six parties, which are to find a way out of the present government crisis, as the situation still being at status quo, because the lack of confidence and political will. The parties searching for a solution of government crisis are not a new coalition , because they have different programmes. They should try to fix the date of the new elections and agree on measures for the reconstruction of government. Dr. Pučnik is certain, that it is possible for the elections to be held in June, but it is more realistic that they will be held in October or November. If the six parties, together with Social Democrats and Independents could agree on a new government till elections, a series of urgent laws would have to be adopted, amongst them also the law on government. Dr. Pučnik accentuated, that the representatives of parties were reluctant to make any decisions at the meeting, because they are waiting for the session of the Republic Constitution Committee on Monday. This session should reveal the political will of parties in solving the government crisis. According to Dr. Pučnik, the present government has a minority character, the contradictions are too great and a compromise within is practically impossible. Quick and determined steps have to be taken, because the interests of the Slovenian state are at stake. He hopes the solution will be reached within two or three weeks. The replacement of the government can be carried out according to the preliminary agreement of parties, following the procedure provided by constitution. If decisions will be put off, Dr. Pučnik will cease to participate in the agreements.

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