Slovenian prime ministerial candidate Miro Cerar has said that he will halt the privatisation of Telekom Slovenije if his Stranka Mira Cerarja (SMC) party is victorious in next month’s general election, Reuters reports. ‘We will aim to stop it if that will be possible,’ Cerar said in a televised election debate. ‘We are not against privatisation; there are a number of companies that we will privatise, but those that are of strategic importance to Slovenia … should remain in state hands,’ he added. The current government is hoping to raise EUR700 million (USD957 million) by selling off a 72.75% stake in the fixed and mobile operator, and recent reports have suggested that there are around ten companies which have submitted non-binding bids.
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