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Slovene Economy Minister Survives Ouster Bid Over PPE Scandal

Minister Zdravko Pocivalsek

Minister Zdravko Pocivalsek

Photographer: Jure Makovec/AFP via Getty Images

Slovene Prime Minister Janez Jansa’s economy minister survived a no-confidence vote over accusations of corruption in the procurement of protective equipment to fight Covid-19.

The scandal engulfing Minister Zdravko Pocivalsek coincides with weeks of nationwide protests against Jansa’s nationalist government over its response to the pandemic. After two ruling-coalition lawmakers defected, its majority has dwindled to a single seat in the 90-member parliament.