Local Elections Begin in Slovenia

Ljubljana, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) Slovenians go to the polls on Sunday to elect the 212 mayors of the localities of the country, as well as 3,400 seats in the municipal councils.


Citizens with the right to vote -1,712,677 according to the parliamentary elections in June- will decide between 688 candidates for the mayoralties and 22,331 for the councilors.

According to official sources, some of the mayoral candidates for reelection are in that position since their municipalities were created, others maintain their post for two decades and more than 30 will have no rival today.

Among those who intend to continue is Zoran Jankovic, a businessman born in Serbia and founder of the center-left party Positive Slovenia, which opinion polls consider him the winner, despite the powerful challenge posed by the center-right candidate, Anze Logar.

In Maribor, once an industrial power that lost the markets of the former Yugoslavia and bids for recovery, there are 18 candidates for the post. But the list focuses on the current mayor, Andrej Fistravec, and his predecessor, Franc Kangler, who had to resign in 2012 accused of corruption and patronage, as well as plagiarism of academic degree, but despite that the surveys place him as a favorite.

The rivalry among the aspirants was limited to issues such as problems of local economies, the transit of vehicles and only in the municipality of Crnomelj, near the southeastern border with Croatia, illegal migration emerged as the main issue and confronts those who advocate strong restrictive measures and those who want more flexibility.

Prime Minister Marjan Sarec called for citizens to go to the polls, which will close at 19:00 local time, and stressed the relevance of local powers for the prosperity of this small European state of 20,273 square kilometers and 2,067,120 inhabitants according to the 2017 census.

Canada: Muslim who slashed 78 car tires now makes profane threats against Catholic and public school boards

When Ahmad Zafar was arrested for slashing the tires, I wrote: Slashing one and you may have some personal vendetta against the owner of the car. But 78 car tires? People falsely accuse Jihad Watch of putting up accounts of any crime when committed by a Muslim, even when the perpetrator’s Islamic faith is tangential to the crime. But this is no ordinary crime. It is a pointless act of vandalism, unless Ahmad Zafar is seething with hatred for Canada and Canadians…”

Now these threats make it clear that he is actually seething with hatred, and is on his own jihad against Canada and Canadians.


“Update of Threats to Local Schools,” Sarnia Police, November 16, 2018

On November 14, 2018, beginning at approximately 11:30 am various schools in Sarnia, both from the Catholic School Board and the Public School Board, began receiving phone calls to their offices. The calls were directed at the person speaking on the phone and threats along with profanity and obscenities were directed at the individual speaking on the phone.

The various calls went on for approximately 45 minutes. School officials had immediately contacted the Sarnia Police Service and both Youth Branch and Criminal Investigative Branch detectives began their investigation. From the information received and due the nature of the incidents, school officials and the police did not believe that students or staff were in danger.

The Sarnia Police did continue their investigation into this matter and were able to determine that the caller was from the Toronto area.

On November 15, 2018, after reaching out to the Toronto Police Service for assistance, a 28 year old male from Toronto was taken into custody by the Toronto Police Service.

That same evening members of the Sarnia Police Service attended Toronto to continue the arrest and transported the accused back to Sarnia to face his charges.

Currently Ahmad Zafar, 28 years of age, from Toronto, is in custody and is awaiting a bail hearing. He faces five counts of criminal harassment and 11 counts of uttering threats.



Bulgaria’s deputy PM Valeri Simeonov quits after calling disabled rights activists “shrill women”

Bulgaria’s deputy prime minister has quit after controversial remarks about disabled rights activists sparked protests.

Valeri Simeonov (pictured above, left) said they were “shrill women” who “speculated with their supposedly ill children … to achieve their purely materialistic goals”.

Simeonov, the leader of an alliance that is a junior coalition partner in Bulgaria’s centre-right government, resigned on Friday.

“I am handing in my resignation following the continued media campaign against me,” Simeonov said late on Friday.

“This campaign is damaging the government’s rating and authority and is becoming an obstacle to its normal work. This is something I cannot afford.

“It is not just about me, it is not about the party I lead, it is about the ruling government, which I think is extremely successful.”

Boyko Borissov, Bulgaria’s prime minister, accepted Simeonov’s resignation, the government press office said.

Simeonov’s party is expected to continue to support the government, reports Reuters.

The opposition socialists and the ethnic Turkish MRF party had also demanded Simeonov’s resignation and boycotted sessions in parliament.

Simeonov made in an interview in October as activists held protests calling for a better welfare system for disabled people.

Bulgaria, the poorest member state in the European Union, faces more protests this weekend over higher fuel prices and tax increases for older, more polluting cars, though political analysts say they are unlikely to unseat Borissov’s government.



Macedonia ex-PM Nikola Gruevski ‘seeks asylum in Hungary’

Macedonia’s former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski has reportedly fled to Hungary after failing to show up to begin a two-year prison sentence.

In a Facebook post, Mr Gruevski said he was in Budapest and had requested “political asylum”.

Hungarian authorities have not confirmed his asylum application.

The former premier was due to begin a term in prison for corruption from 9 November but did not surrender himself. Police ordered his arrest on Monday.

Earlier this year, a court in the Macedonian capital Skopje found he had unlawfully influenced officials over the purchase of a luxury bulletproof Mercedes Benz.

Mr Gruevski was forced from office in 2016 over a wire-tapping scandal.

The former prime minister’s Facebook post appeared on Tuesday, although it is not known if he wrote it.

“In the last few days I have received countless threats to my life,” it read.

“I am in Budapest now, and I have asked for political asylum from the Hungarian authorities. I will always remain true to the cause of Macedonia. I will never give up.”

Macedonian authorities are reportedly checking the authenticity of the post.


A Hungarian government spokesperson meanwhile told Reuters news agency that they could not comment on individual applications for asylum that were still being processed.


Mr Gruevski reportedly did not leave the country “through a legal border crossing”, according to an anonymous police officer quoted by Reuters.

His passport had reportedly been confiscated to prevent him leaving the country.

Police began their search for the former premier on Monday after he failed to show up for his prison term.

The Mercedes case for which he was convicted was the first of five cases against the long-serving leader to go to trial.

He served as Macedonian prime minister for a decade from 2006, and as leader of the VMRO-DPMNE party from 2003 until 2017.

Violence erupted in the streets of Macedonia in 2015 in protest against Mr Gruevski’s government, which culminated in his resignation in January 2016.

An inconclusive election that December led to further clashes. Supporters of the former premier stormed Skopje’s parliament over the election of an ethnic Albanian as speaker.