By: Vinko Gorenak
These days, the decision of the President of the National Assembly Igor Zorčič is attracting attention. Namely he decided not to convene an extraordinary session of the National Assembly, which was requested by 33 MPs of the National Assembly, on the topic of the unconstitutional programme of the Levica party. The decision of the Levica party to file a criminal complaint against several individuals, including the Director General of the Police, Dr Anton Olaj and several media is also noticeable.
To begin with, let me explain the term “carpeting” that I wrote down in the title. We have known this term for thirty years. Of course, it is not a Slovene word, but it was used by Branko Masleša. In 1990/1991 he was a judge in Koper, and later the President of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia. Many sources confirmed many years ago that at that time there was talk about how the Yugoslav army would “carpet” Slovenia if it tried to become independent. I cannot translate the word exactly, but I understand it as if the Yugoslav army will flatten Slovenia like a carpet. The President of the National Assembly, Igor Zorčič, has now done something similar. Why?
When must the President of the National Assembly convene an extraordinary session of the National Assembly?
The point is perfectly clear. Article 85 of the Constitution of the Republic of Slovenia states as follows: “The National Assembly works at regular and extraordinary sessions. Regular and extraordinary sessions are convened by the President of the National Assembly; an extraordinary session must be convened if requested by at least a quarter of the MPs of the National Assembly or the President of the Republic”.
And beware that as many as 33 MPs of the National Assembly have submitted a request for an extraordinary session of the National Assembly on the topic of the unconstitutional programme of the Levica Party. Zorčič requested the opinion of the legislative and legal service of the National Assembly, which advised him not to convene an extraordinary session!? You read that right. Zorčič announced that he would not convene an extraordinary session. This means that Zorčič has completely trampled on the Constitution of the Republic of Slovenia, and in particular its Article 85, which does not set any conditions, does not require any legal opinion. “An extraordinary sitting must be convened if a quarter of the Members request so,” and 33 members are well over a quarter. If we use Zorčič’s logic, then anyone can violate the constitution and the law. Imagine driving 60 or 70 km per hour in a neighbourhood, or stepping out of a store and not paying for the groceries, you just tell the cops you will not obey the law. I do not advise you to do such a thing, of course the law and the constitution are above you, and only the blue sky is above Zorčič. At least that is what he thinks.
What about the “smoke” curtain of the Levica party
The request for an extraordinary session of the National Assembly on the unconstitutional programme of the Levica party lists the official documents of the Levica party on five pages, and states which articles of the constitution the programme violates. The Levica party is completely silent about this. Due to a specific statement at the end of the fifth page, a criminal complaint was filed against the SDS party and some media as well as the Director General of the Police, Dr Anton Olaj. And what is controversial for them? The following statement: “A document entitled “Levica – 21st Century Socialism” has recently arrived at a large number of e-mail addresses in Slovenia. The document was originally drafted in January this year at the so-called “plenary assembly” of ANTIFA in New Orleans, USA, and was translated for domestic purposes by the party Levica, which otherwise denies it. The main theme of the manifesto or a kind of “Mein Kampf” of the world left is: ‘One planet, common resources, one values, one people, one property, one government!’” The document is available at the link HERE.
So the point is perfectly clear. The MPs who signed the request for an extraordinary session clearly wrote that the Levica party denies the authorship of this document. The fate of this indictment of theirs is completely clear, according to all legal logic, it should end its journey with a rejection already at the prosecutor’s office.
Dr Vinko Gorenak is a State Secretary in the PV Cabinet, a former Member of Parliament and Minister of the Interior, a university professor and a member of the SDS.