Slovenian parliament rejects Dolenc for central bank governor

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) – Slovenia’s parliament on Tuesday rejected the central bank’s deputy governor, Primoz Dolenc, as the official candidate to take over as bank chief after most parties gave him the thumbs-down even though he had the backing of the president.

With the minority center-left government unable to agree on a joint candidate, the outcome suggested it would be some time before the highly-sensitive top banking job can now be filled.

Dolenc, deputy governor since 2016, was nominated for the job last month by President Borut Pahor but received support on Tuesday from only 30 parliamentary members with 39 voting against him in a secret ballot.

Slovenia lost its vote on the European Central Bank’s governing council in April, when former governor Bostjan Jazbec resigned to take a position on the EU’s Single Resolution Board. It will regain the vote only after it elects a governor.

Allegations of money laundering have plagued Slovenia’s banking sector since it came close to seeking an international bailout in 2013.

Pahor’s office said after the vote that the president planned to open a three-week tender for new candidates after which he will hold discussions with parliamentary parties and try to come up with a new name “as soon as possible”.

Anyone can propose a candidate for the governor but the president can then choose among the proposed candidates or name his own candidate. Slovenian law does not set a deadline for when a new central bank governor must be elected.

Jozef Horvat, of opposition party conservative New Slovenia, told parliament ahead of the vote he believed Dolenc’s record at the bank showed his credentials were lacking.

“It is our belief that the Bank of Slovenia did not perform its supervisory function (over the country’s banking sector) well …,” he told lawmakers.

Analysts said it will be difficult for Pahor to find a candidate who will get the necessary support because of the balance of power in the new parliament elected in June.

Even if the five parties of the government coalition, which hold 43 out of 90 parliamentary seats, agree on a candidate, that person would also need at least three opposition votes to be elected.

“This vote is not a typical indication of how things will go in the future since Dolenc did not even enjoy support of the prime minister’s party LMS but it indicates that the government will find it hard to secure majority in parliament for its projects,” Meta Roglic, a political analyst of daily Dnevnik, told Reuters.

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-slovenia-cenbank/slovenian-parliament-rejects-dolenc-for-central-bank-governor-idUSKCN1MJ238

Romanian president reluctantly signs legal reform in ‘setback for democracy’

BUCHAREST (Reuters) – Romania’s president on Friday reluctantly signed off a judicial reform, including a reduction in his own powers, that he called a “setback for Romanian democracy”.

 

Klaus Iohannis had, together with opposition parties, tried to block the measure which, among other things, removes his right to veto new chief prosecutor appointments, just as the government replaces a sacked anti-corruption prosecutor.

The Constitutional Court last month found the measure put forward by the ruling Social Democrats (PSD) to be in line with the constitution, leaving Iohannis, a centrist, no alternative but to sign it into law.

The law broadly gives more powers to the justice minister, a political appointee, to the detriment of the president and a magistrates’ regulatory body.

The European Union, which has kept Romania’s justice system under special monitoring since it joined the bloc a decade ago, fears the measure will reverse progress in fighting high-level graft by exposing judges to political interference.

 

“This change represents a setback for Romanian democracy, a danger signaled by our European partners,” Iohannis said in a statement.

Romania is one of Europe’s most corrupt countries, and tens of thousands of Romanians protesting against corruption have taken to the streets several times since the Social Democrats took power in early 2017 and tried to decriminalize several graft offences – most recently in August.

Before her sacking in July, chief anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Codruta-Kovesi had secured a spate of convictions against lawmakers, ministers and mayors, exposing conflicts of interest, abuse of power, fraud and the awarding of state contracts in exchange for bribes.

Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, who fired Codruta-Kovesi for exceeding her authority, has nominated little-known magistrate Adina Florea to replace her.

Speaking before a judicial advisory panel on Monday in her confirmation process, Florea said cases of abuse of office should be investigated by regular prosecutors, not the specialized unit, known as the DNA, that deals with graft.

Social Democrat party leader Liviu Dragnea was sentenced in June to three and a half years in prison for incitement to abuse of office, though an appeal is still pending.

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-romania-judiciary/romanian-president-reluctantly-signs-legal-reform-in-setback-for-democracy-idUSKCN1MM252

Janet Hudgins Political Science Professor at University of British Colombia: “most boys and men are not brought up to be civilized around girls and women”

Janet  a political science professor at UBC inciting hatred against men and boys in comment on the global news website

 

the anti-male incitment comments are found at this article

PEI student says her gym outfit — a crop top — was called too ‘distracting’ to others

 

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