Slovenia – New government

Slovenia finally has a government. The new Prime Minister is Janez Janša from the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS). Janša was previously PM from 2004-2008.

The new government is a five-party coalition comprising SDS, Slovenian People’s Party (SLS), Democratic Party of Pensioners of Slovenia (DeSUS), Gregor Virant’s Civic List (LGV) and New Slovenia (NSi).

The investiture vote was held on Saturday. Janša was approved by 51 votes to 39.

I only have Wikipedia’s election page to go by, but it looks as if the Slovenian President, Danilo Türk, played a role in the government formation process. There is some evidence that he was not happy with Janša’s nomination, preferring Zoran Janković, whose candidacy for PM had been rejected a couple of weeks ago. However, it seems as if parliament went ahead and nominated Janša against the president’s wishes.

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