SLOVENIAN PRIME MINISTER MARJAN SAREC RESIGNS AND CALLS FOR EARLY ELECTION


28/01/2020




İrem UZUN -TDO- Slovenian Prime Minister Marjan Sarec said he would send his resignation to the National Assembly on Monday and called for an early election, because his minority government did not have the influence to push through important legislation. " I have acted professionally and transparently all the time, striving for measures to increase the well-being of all generations of our people and medium-term financial sustainability. There is nothing I can do with this government. Therefore, it is fair to hold an early election," he told a press conference.

The governing coalition of five centre-left parties, which took power in September 2018, held only 43 out of 90 seats in parliament. After losing the informal support of the opposition Left Party in November, it has found it increasingly difficult to get bills through parliament. "With this coalition, this situation in parliament, I cannot fulfil the expectations of the people," Sarec told a news conference. "I would be able to fulfill them after an election". Just before his statement, the national news agency STA reported the resignation of Finance Minister Andrej Bertoncelj.

Analysts said the opposition center-right Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS), which is the largest party in parliament, is likely to try to form a new government. The next regular election is due to take place in the middle of 2022; however an early election would take place only if that attempt fails.


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