New government? Discontent still brewing in Slovenia

I feel like shedding some light on what's going on in the little country on the sunny side of the Alps.

On Feb 27, the centre-right government of Slovenia lead by Janez Janša (of Slovenian Democratic Party) was ousted by a vote of no confidence in the National Assembly, following a political crisis that blew up at the end of last year, with people voicing their discontent over the corruption in the political elites of the country. The peak was hit on Feb 8, when the pro-government rally was held in the morning, with about 10.000 attendees, followed by the anti-government and anti-corruption rally in the evening, attended by 20.000+ people, in the wake of the report of the Commission_for_the_Prevention_of_Corruption_of_the_Republic_of_Slovenia, alleging that both Janša, and the opposition leader Zoran Janković (of Positive Slovenia) have hundreds of euros of income they cannot account for.

The situation was further escalated by allegations of plagiarism of several of the MP's degrees, mostly members of Janša's SDS. With a new government lead by Alenka Bratušek, the current opposition leader after Janković resigned from the party presidency follwing the report and pressure from all sides.

Janša on the other hand, took to all kinds of underhanded tactics, labelling protestors to be "zombies, brainwashed by the left-wing fascism" and the like - such antics resulted in even a part of his supporters turning against him, and culminated in three coalition parties (the Citizen's List, the party of pensioners, and the Slovenian People's Party) jumping ship. Even more ironic is the fact that Janša himself used to be a staunch supporter of the former socialist regime before Yugoslavia blew up, but was too hardline even for the Communitst Party of Yugoslavia, so they threw him out - and today, well, he's a democrat and all allegations against him are, according to him, a conspiracy of the "left-wing fascists" against his person...

But enough of that. The formation of the new government is currently underway, yet uncertain, with thw aforementioned Positive Slovenia, the three coalition leavers, and the centre-left Social democrats trying to get a coalition, which won't be easy, and if it's not formed within 15 days of the vote of no confidence, we're looking at another snap election. Not to say that even if the coalition does form, Janša will do his damnest to undermine it, as has been his modus operandi since...well, since we went independednt in 1991.

Even with Janša ousted, however, new protests are announced, the first one to be held on Mar 9, as the people are still not content with the levels of corruption in our politics. The previous protests, while having an anti-government tone, were still directed at each and every sleazy politician that has been crippling our country in the recent years.

The motto of the protests changed from "You're finished!" (since they're finished) to a slogan directed at all politicians: "The country is our property. We are your employers. You work for us and do not presume otherwise." Since most of the Western media reported on our protests as anti-government, anti-austerity, this is where we can prove them wrong - it's not an "us vs. them" sentiment, at least not in the usual sense. It's "us, the people of Slovenia", against "them, the corrupt politicans, no matter which party they may be in."

To add, the protests have been mostly peaceful and civil, with only rare troublemakers who tried to escalate them or something, the police have done their job of protecting the people and did not use excessive force, and in an interesting turn of events, some of the troublemakers were apprehended by the protestors themselves, and then handed over to the police.

We Slovenians are a patient nation, it takes a lot to make us take to the streets, and sadly, while things are peaceful, we're still burdened by strife left over form WWII. Still, as they say, a patient man's fury is something to not be taken easily, and it seems that we've finally had enough. It doesn't matter anymore which political colors we fly, we've finally got our shit together and stepped forward, calling out the political elites that crippled and exhausted our country to quit holding it hostage and hold dick-waving contests on the backs of those who try to survive with honest work. We want our country back, and I hope we will not stop until every last corrupt politician is removed from the political scene and replaced with fresh, honest people. Which should happen naturally in a decade or two since the usual suspects are getting kind of old, but we'd rather not wait that long.

/rant over

...and they told me crumbling the Austrian Hapsburg Empire would lead to something good.

I hope that this will succeed and won't just be a platform for criminals to take advantage of (both in the protests and in parliament).

Good luck to you.

So, question. Who do you think is best qualified to lead Slovenia forward?

LetalisK:
So, question. Who do you think is best qualified to lead Slovenia forward?

Well, I personally know a few people who I would actually trust with it. None of them are actual politicians, even if they are quite politically active (citizens' initiatives and all) but they'd get my vote if they ran for anything. I'm keeping an eye on whether there's any new movement/party formed, and by "new" I mean "new", not like the usual "same people, new name" shtick.

Hell, sometimes I wonder if I should just run for something myself.

 

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