Slovenia. According to
countryaah, Drummer Zoran Jankovič and his newly formed
party Positiva Slovenia failed at the beginning of the year
to form government. The assignment then went to former Prime
Minister Janez Janša, who was the second of the December
elections. Janša, leader of the right-wing party of the
Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS), was approved by Parliament
and a new government coalition of five middle-right parties
was formed in February.
Jankovič was arrested for questioning in September,
suspected of corruption in connection with the construction
of a sports arena. His home and workplace were also
searched. Jankovič, who was mayor of the capital Ljubljana,
denied all charges.
The country was hit by one of the more difficult
recessions among euro area countries. The new government
decided on tough austerity measures. Protesters met in the
fall with police in connection with protests against cuts
and alleged corruption.
In elections to the mainly ceremonial presidential post,
former Socialist Prime Minister Borut Pahor triumphed over
incumbent President Danilo Türk. In the second round of
elections in December, Pahor won with 67% of the vote.