No-confidence vote against PM Janša possibly postponed

The motion of no-confidence, which is based on the government's failure to cope with the coronavirus pandemic - has the confirmed backing of 42 of the 90 MPs in the National Assembly. The opposition group has also nominated a new PM. [EPA-EFE/JOHN THYS]

The no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Janez Janša’s government, filed by an informal centre-left opposition coalition known as the Constitutional Arch Coalition, will probably not take place Wednesday as initially planned.

The reason is that the head of the SOVA national intelligence agency, Janez Stušek, has tested positive for COVID-19 after coming in contact with some MPs at a parliamentary committee session. With MPs preferring to vote in parliament, everyone is eagerly awaiting the test results.

The motion of no-confidence, which is based on the government’s failure to cope with the coronavirus pandemic – has the confirmed backing of 42 of the 90 MPs in the National Assembly. The opposition group has also nominated a new PM candidate.

To be successful, however, the Constitutional Arch Coalition needs at least a majority of 46 MPs to support the motion in a secret ballot following the debate.

Prime Minister Janez Janša has described the motion of no confidence as “mischievous” and a “pathetic out-pour of ideological hatred” to those who think differently.

Since Stušek attended a session of the Commission for Oversight of Intelligence and Security Services on Friday, all nine members of the commission and about 20 other staff present at the meeting will be tested. (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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