“Slovenia has canceled the planned deportation of a Syrian asylum-seeker following a public outcry. Prime Minister Miro Cerar said Tuesday the government will consider granting a residence permit to Ahmad Shamieh in one of its upcoming sessions. Shamieh applied for asylum in Slovenia 20 months ago after he was refused entry into neighboring Austria. Slovenian authorities rejected the application, insisting that his case should be handled by Croatia, where he had been before Slovenia. Slovenia’s official STA news agency says Shamieh has done community work and become an example of successful refugee integration. He has won support from human rights groups and liberal politicians.” (Miami Herald)

This case has led the opposition, the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS), to call for the impeachment of Prime Minister Miro Cerar. They have referred to Article 119 of the Constitution which provides that the National Assembly Prime Minister or ministers must appear before the Constitutional Court on charges of violating the Constitution and laws during the performance of their functions.

SDS Deputy Vinka Gorenaka pressed that, “An act issued by the Ministry of the Interior is enforceable. One can not eliminate it anymore. This act is lawful and tested at the Supreme Court, the court of the EU and the constitutional court.”

Prime Minister Cerar has dismissed the claims as merely an act to “further hinder the work in the final part of its mandate.” (Translated from Delo)