The political status in Slovenia
The DeSUS party went through an election congress from 20 November to 5 December, in which all members could vote via email. Karl Erjavec is the new leader of the party, starting his fifth term as DeSUS leader, after defeating Srečko Felix Krope in a 146:71 vote. Also, Matej Tonin was re-elected as the leader of New Slovenia (NSi) for two additional years. Mr Tonin received almost 96% of the votes from delegates.
A poll carried out by Vox Populi in November showed that the approval rating of the government and of the majority of the coalition parties has declined, while the opposition remains stagnant. Additionally, in a poll conducted by the POP TV, more than 60% of the people support the government’s COVID-19 measure,s while 55% completely oppose the Government’s work.
Finally, the opposition Left and Social democrats (SD) have collected more than 28,000 signatures in support of the army investment referendum. The government launched a defence spending plan for 2021-2026, where it will put €780 million. However, on 27 November the Parliament voted on this initiative and in a 51:33 vote declared such a referendum as inadmissible. The opposition will turn to the Constitutional Court as a last act to achieve the referendum goal.