Slovenia PM offers to resign

2013-01-09 17:35
Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa (Jure Makovec: AFP)

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa (Jure Makovec: AFP)

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Ljubljana - Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa said he will offer to resign as leader of the centre-right Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) on Wednesday after the country's anti-corruption watchdog reported irregularities in his assets and bank accounts.

"I will offer my resignation from the SDS leadership to the party's council on Wednesday," Jansa told state television on Tuesday.

"If my arguments do not satisfy them, it will also mean my resignation as prime minister."

Jansa, who enjoys strong support within his party, nevertheless noted that "if they are satisfied with my explanation, I will not resign”.

The SDS's managing council was to meet on Wednesday to discuss the anti-corruption watchdog's new report, Jansa said.

The prime minister also said he will ask for a confidence vote within the party at the meeting.

On Tuesday, the anti-corruption watchdog said it had found irregularities in the assets and bank accounts of Jansa and Ljubljana Mayor Zoran Jankovic, following a probe of all the parliamentary parties.

"We found multiple violations of the legal duty of a public office holder to report his assets as regards to dealings in cash, ownership of real estate [and] ownership of movables," the anti-corruption commission's head Goran Klemencic said of the enquiry into Jansa.

However, the prime minister said that the report "manipulated" some facts and that he had responded to every question posed to him by the anti-corruption commission. He admitted only to having "been late in declaring some assets”.

The anti-corruption commission decided to probe all the parliamentary party leaders after the 2011 elections. The findings showed irregularities only in the cases of Jansa and Jankovic, who head the country's two main parties.

Parliamentary speaker Gregor Virant, leader of the junior coalition partner Civil List, has urged his two colleagues to resign.

"The commission's findings are very serious and the only adequate thing would be that both resign from their public functions," Virant told journalists on Tuesday.

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