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Slovenian defence minister forced out over telecom scandal

Slovenia's Defence Minister Janko Veber, pictured here in Ljubljana on September 18, 2014, was forced to step down by parliament over a telecom privatisation scandalSlovenian Defence Minister Janko Veber was forced to step down by parliament Thursday over a telecom privatisation scandal that has plunged the country’s seven-month-old coalition into chaos. Veber was dismissed by 68 votes to 11 in the 90-seat parliament, just days after refusing to resign. Prime Minister Miro Cerar had requested Veber’s resignation after a parliamentary commission revealed he had asked military intelligence to examine the impact on state security of the ongoing privatisation of state-owned telecommunications operator Telekom.

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