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Slovenia celebrates Statehood Day this weekend

Slovenia will be celebrating Statehood Day this coming weekend.

The main celebration will take place on Saturday | Author Nebojša Tejić/STA

On Sunday, it will be 32 years since the then Assembly adopted the key independence documents. The main celebration will take place on Saturday, with the President of Slovenia, Nataša Pirc Musar, as the keynote speaker. Before the celebration, the National Assembly and the National Council will hold a formal session.

Statehood Day, which is a work-free day, commemorates the events of 32 years ago, when on 25 June 1991, after several years of struggle, the then Slovenian Assembly adopted the key documents for the secession of Slovenia from the then Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) and the establishment of the independent state of Slovenia – the Basic Constitutional Charter on the Sovereignty and Independence of the Republic of Slovenia, the constitutional act for its implementation, and the Declaration of Independence.

Slovenia ceremoniously proclaimed its sovereignty and independence on 26 June 1991, the day after the adoption of the key documents, at Trg Republike in Ljubljana, when, among other things, the flag of the former Socialist Republic of Slovenia was replaced by the flag of the newly created state of Slovenia on the flagpole in front of the National Assembly.