President Borut Pahor has already received the resignations of both newly appointed deputies of the president of the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption, Darko Stare and Juri Fermet. Štefanec however says he has no intention of resigning.
Pahor has informed Boris Štefanec, the newly appointed president of the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption, of the resignations, and discussed with him the new circumstances, which will make the successful and credible work of the commission very difficult, communicated the Office of the President of the Republic.
The President of the Republic asked Štefanec to employ thorough consideration and to estimate whether the possibilities for successful work still exist, both his and the work of the commission, they added.
Ferme disappointed with the unpleasant baggage which doesn't bode well
The reason Ferme gave were "the circumstances which after the appointment of the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption became public, and the content of which does not bode well for the realization of tasks" he was facing as a new member of the CPC senate.
He added that it was his wish that a new member of the CPC senate would take his place without any lingering doubts, or that President Pahor would be completely convinced of the decision he made. "I would like the same from the parties of the ruling coalition, who carry the largest responsibility for the improvement of the situation in our country in that field," he also wrote.
Stare is not convinced of the correctness and fairness of the procedure
The standpoint of the other member of the commission, Darko Stare, is similar. "As a newly appointed member of the senate I cannot be satisfied with the baggage we were given by the media at the press conference, nor with the previously explicitly and implicitly expressed doubts about the appointment, and the circumstances of the selection procedure, especially as far as the President is concerned. Therefore I am not certain any more that no serious reasons for doubt about the honesty and correctness of the procedure exist," Darko Stare wrote in his resignation, addressed to the President of the Republic Borut Pahor.
He also wrote that there was no doubt the procedure lacked in transparency, which is, especially when the members of the CPC are being chosen, and in this time, "unacceptable". Since he is not sure that the procedure of selection and appointment was fair and correct, which in his words can also mean that the best of the candidates might not have been chosen, his resignation is irrevocable. He added it was unfair to other candidates as well.
Štefanec promised a public statement for tomorrow, and has no intention of resigning
Boris Štefanec, the newly appointed president of the CPC, even before receiving the news of resignation by his both deputies announced that he would give a longer public statement on Wednesday at 1 o'clock p.m. in front of his office in Murska Sobota.
Then he confirmed for the STA that his deputies had informed him as well of their resignations – and that he had no intention of commenting their resignations, as he didn't know the reasons for their action. He claimed however that he had no intention of resigning as the president of the CPC.
In case of dismissal he would complain to the Constitutional Court
His comment on the statements by the representatives of the political parties, and the appeals for his resignation: "Thank God the statements of constitutional lawyers differ substantially. The politicians give statements such as they are, and all of them try to fit me into their combinations," he said and denied of ever being in the past, or having any intention of becoming in the future, a part of such combinations.
He says he finds nothing controversial in having been until recently a member of the PS party, and added that the executive board of the party probably didn't know him at all, as he was "not active" in the party.
In case he would be dismissed from the position of the president of the CPC because of his membership in a political party, he would dispute such decision on the constitutional grounds, he claimed for Radio Slovenija.