News

Slovenia minister resigns over procurement equipment probe

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia - Slovenia’s interior minister on Tuesday stepped down in protest of an investigation against the economy minister in the procurement of medical equipment during the coronavirus outbreak.

Ales Hojs said that the probe was politically motivated and directed against the centre-right government of Prime Minister Janez Jansa. Hojs said the police commissioner also has resigned.

Slovenian media say the police conducted house searches as part of the probe by the National Bureau of Investigation against Economy Minister Zdravko Pocivalsek and other suspects.

Hojs said Pocivalsek’s movement was restricted during the search. He criticized what he described as a “political police force ... serving the deep state and not the citizens.”

Jansa’s coalition government took office in March after the resignation of his liberal predecessor.

The new government has faced weeks of street protests that started initially after accusations of political pressure surfaced in the procurement of medical equipment. Government critics also have accused Jansa of attempts to curb media and other freedoms in the country.
Read more on Toronto Star
News Topics :
Similar Articles :
World
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia Slovenian riot police on Friday removed protesters from a central square in the capital Ljubljana during weekly demonstrations against the centre right government. Police fenced off the square...
World
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia A veteran right wing politician has been nominated to become Slovenia’s new prime minister following the resignation last month of a liberal head of government. Slovenia’s president Borut...
World
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia Slovenia’s new, right leaning government was sworn in on Friday, pledging stronger efforts to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. The 90 member parliament voted 52 31 to approve...
World
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia Police in Slovenia briefly detained seven people who they said attempted to pull down a security fence around the parliament building during the latest in a series...
World
They have alleged that Mr Jansa is attempting to increase police powers, inciting hatred against migrants, and making personal attacks on journalists. Slovenia enforced a strict lockdown in response to...