Katarina Kresal

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Katarina Kresal

Katarina Kresal (born 28 January 1973) is a Slovenian politician. She was the Minister of the Interior in the government of Borut Pahor from 24 November 2008 till 19 August 2011.

Biography[edit]

Born in Ljubljana, Kresal studied law at the University of Ljubljana and in 1996 graduated with honours. Firstly, she was employed as a legal trainee at the Higher Court in Ljubljana, then as a law clerk in a Commercial Disputes department at District Court in Ljubljana. Later she worked as an independent advisor for legal affairs at Kapitalska družba d.d. and afterwards as a Director of the Legal Department in Western Wireless International, Slovenian company based in Ljubljana owned by Americans. Since 2003 she worked as an attorney in law firm Miro Senica & attorneys. In 2005 she became Deputy Head of Office and Head of Commercial and International Law Department.

She entered politics in 2007, when she was elected for the president of the Liberal Democracy of Slovenia (LDS). In the Slovenian parliamentary election, 2008, she was elected to the National Assembly. On 24 November of the same year, she became Minister of Interior of the centre-left government of Borut Pahor with a handover from Dragutin Mate.[1]

On 12 January 2010, she was proclaimed the Slovenian Woman of the Year for 2009. The award is conferred each year by readers of Jana, the oldest Slovenian women's magazine.[2]

On 10 August 2011, she stepped down as a Minister of Interior due to the opinion given by the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption of the Republic of Slovenia over a lease of a building to house the Slovenian National Bureau of Investigation.[3] In their opinion they stated that there could be some irregularities in the lease of the building. She resigned due to her own principle values although she did not agree with the opinion given by Commission for the Prevention of Corruption. Her term ended on 19 August 2011, when the National Assembly took formal note of her resignation. She did not decide to retake the post of a deputy.[4] She stated that she would use all legally possible channels to prove that the lease was untainted.[5]

On 15 December 2011, Kresal irrevocably resigned as the president of LDS after the party failed to secure itself the entry into the National Assembly at the 2011 Slovenian parliamentary election.[6][7]

In 2012 she founded European Centre of Dispute Resolution (ECDR). ECDR offers services in various fields, with emphasis on commercial, financial, business, consumer, civil, family and employment issues. ECDR operates internationally.

Controversies[edit]

Car chase[edit]

On 14 March 2010, Katarina Kresal was a passenger in Audi A8 that was reported by Žurnal24 to be driving faster than 200 kilometres per hour (120 mph) towards Fernetiči and without the police lights. The road speed limit was 130 km/h (81 mph). The car stopped only after 30 km (19 mi) of car chase. The policeman who drove the car was fined with 460 euros and 6 demerit points.[8] On 2 April 2010, the police reported the speed did not surpass 166 km/h (103 mph). Katarina Kresal said she had not been aware of the car speed.[9]

Guess Who Comes to Dinner Tonight[edit]

On 19 February 2012, after Kresal had resigned as a minister due to accusations of corruption, had not been elected to the National Assembly, and had resigned as the president of the Liberal Democracy of Slovenia party, she was a guest in the talk show Guess Who Comes to Dinner Tonight. The talk show was broadcast by the national Radiotelevizija Slovenija company in the prime time on Sunday evening, and paid with the money of taxpayers. The media characterised the conversation as prepared in advance in order to clear Kresal's name after the affairs she had found herself in.[10] Kresal ascribed her political failure to her political partners and the fact that she was too successful. She did not exclude further political activity.[11]

References[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Dragutin Mate
Minister of the Interior
24 November 2008–19 August 2011
Succeeded by
Aleš Zalar
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jelko Kacin
President of the LDS
30 June 2007–15 December 2011
Succeeded by
incumbent