LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — The mayor of Slovenia's second-largest city says he is stepping down after thousands in the small EU state demanded his resignation over alleged corruption.
Protests against Franc Kangler, the mayor of Maribor, near the border with Austria, have turned violent as demonstrators clashed with police who used tear gas to disperse them. Anti-graft authorities have been probing Kangler in a suspicious consulting deal. The street protests started after he allowed a private firm to set up traffic cameras in the city and pick the money from the speeding tickets.
Kangler said Thursday he was resigning to avoid further violence. His resignation will take effect on Dec. 31. Also Thursday, about 3,000 students rallied in the capital, Ljubljana, against austerity cuts in education.