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President of Slovenia begins consultations for the Human Rights Ombudsman and the First Deputy of the Court of Audit

Ljubljana, 3. 1. 2013 | press release

President of Slovenia Borut Pahor today started consultations with the leaders of parliamentary groups and representatives of the national communities on the proposed candidates for the Human Rights Ombudsman and for the First Deputy to the President of the Court of Audit. The first to attend consultations were Jani Möderndorfer, leader of the largest parliamentary group Positive Slovenia (PS), followed by Jože Tanko, leader of the parliamentary group Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS), Janko Veber, leader of the parliamentary group Social Democrats (SD), Katarina Hočevar, deputy to the leader of the parliamentary group Civic List (DL), Franc Jurša, leader of the parliamentary group Democratic Party of Pensioners of Slovenia (DeSUS), Mihael Prevc, leader of the parliamentary group Slovenian People's Party (SLS) and Iva Dimic, deputy to the leader of the parliamentary group New Slovenia (NSi). The President of Slovenia will meet the representatives of the national communities tomorrow morning.

Twenty-six candidacies were submitted to the invitation to apply for the position of the Human Rights Ombudsman. The President of Slovenia may propose several candidates for the Human Rights Ombudsman and can even decide on someone who had not applied to the invitation. A two-thirds majority of the votes cast in the National Assembly is required for the election of the Ombudsman.

Four candidates applied for the First Deputy to the President of the Court of Audit. The President of Slovenia proposes a candidate to the National Assembly, which decides on the candidate by a secret vote within 30 days of the submitted proposal. The candidate is appointed when the majority of all deputies vote for him/her.