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Parliament Sacks Defence Minister in Telekom Sale Scandal

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A scandal in Slovenia over the privatisation of the local telecoms giant has seen the government's Defence Minister Janko Veber forced to step down by parliament.

Veber was dismissed by 68 votes to 11 in the 90-seat parliament, just a few days after the Prime Minister's requested him to resign.

The scandal erupted after a parliamentary commission revealed that he had asked military intelligence to examine the impact on state security of the privatisation of Telekom Slovenia.

"I've asked (parliament) to dismiss him because he committed serious mistakes and illegal and questionable things on the security field," Cerar told journalists after the voting.

Slovenia launched a programme of privatisation in 2013 to avoid a bailout of its banks.

Bidding for the sale of the telecoms company is expected to start next week.

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