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History did not overtake us 25 years ago, so we can catch the future again

10.04.2015

Editorial

First democratic elections 25 years ago were a milestone. According to PM Cerar, Slovenians must be realists about the future development and optimists at the same time. We must foremost show to the young generations that a better future is possible. Photo: STA
This week, on 8 April, we mark 25 years since the first democratic multi-party elections in Slovenia. There was a high turnout, 83.5 per cent, and the DEMOS coalition emerged as winners. The elections in the 1990s were a historic landmark for our development as a nation, marking the first step towards democracy.

According to the media, “Slovenians crossed the Rubicon of democracy then, without getting their feet wet”, but the future of Slovenia depends on the interaction between opposing views, with the multi-party parliament being “the core of Slovenian statehood that will be able to strengthen harmony among Slovenians and allow us to develop Slovenia as country with our joint efforts. "

From the current perspective, the first democratic elections 25 years ago may seem a matter of course. However, they would have been impossible without wider social changes and desire for change. The 1990 elections were the result of the Slovenian spring in the 1980s and demands to introduce political pluralism, a market economy and independence. Particularly with regard to the latter, politicians were quite united, while, like today, there were different views on privatisation and the economic system.

According to PM Miro Cerar, Slovenia began its independent journey with a great deal of optimism and potential, but then entered a stage of crisis, as often happens to young societies and countries. However, according to the PM, we should learn from our mistakes, so the current crisis is an opportunity: we should take it as a stage of development and learn from it.

In 1990, Slovenes were winners, as democracy won, while the elections were a major milestone in our “political and spiritual maturation”. According to President Pahor, democracy, European identity and reconciliation are the foundations for upgrading political, economic and social systems. We were not afraid of the future then; we shaped it, so we should also be optimists about how the country will develop.

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