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Slovenia anti-fraud officials quit in protest

The heads of Slovenia's anti-corruption commission resigned Friday to protest a "silent alliance" blocking anti-fraud laws in parliament, months after their revelations helped oust the government. "We are not resigning out of desperation, impotence, due to pressures or a lack of will. We do it to protest," commission chief Goran Klemencic said as he presented his resignation along with those of his two deputies to President Borut Pahor.

Slovenia holds no confidence vote against PM amid crisis

Slovenia's parliament sat for an extended debate Wednesday ahead of a no-confidence vote expected to spell the end of Prime Minister Janez Jansa's one-year-old government. Jansa has refused to step down over corruption claims, paving the way for the leader of the main opposition centre-left, Alenka Bratusek, to be given the mandate to form a new government. The prospect of early elections -- the second in two years -- still loomed large amid a worsening economic crisis that could see Slovenia requiring a bailout much like Greece, Ireland or Spain.
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