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When Disaster Strikes, We Need To Stick Together

By: Andrej Žitnik (Nova24tv.si)

Former Prime Minister and President of the Slovenian Democratic Party (Slovenska demokratska stranka – SDS), Janez Janša, told the radio station Ognjišče that the Prime Minister’s job is not to shovel mud, but to organise aid, so criticism in this direction is unjustified. As he stressed, we must stick together in these trying times – regardless of political affiliation.

On Friday, Prime Minister Robert Golob visited some of the areas affected by the recent disastrous floods in the Upper Savinja Valley. In Braslovče, he met with the mayors of the municipalities in the region; in Nazarje, he met with the directors of some of the companies affected by the floods, and in Luče, he met with former President of the Republic Borut Pahor and former Prime Minister Janez Janša.

Janša later explained to the media outlet Radio Ognjišče that criticism of Prime Minister Robert Golob for not grabbing a shovel and clearing the mud from the roads is unjustified, because the Prime Minister is not in office to do this job, but it is his job to organise all the necessary help. “That is what we, who do not hold these positions, are for.” However, even though the two men disagree on some things, the government “has all our support, advice, whatever they want,” Janša added. Even when the former and current Prime Ministers met in the destroyed area of Struge near Luče, they shook hands. “I said that we need to stick together. People stick together. Here, neighbours help each other, no matter who they voted for,” Janša added.

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