Slovenia’s PM-frontrunner fails in first round of government-forming talks

Janez Jansa (C), President of the SDS (Slovenian Democratic Party), talks to the media on election night in Ljubljana on 3 June 2018. [EPA-EFE/ANTONIO BAT]

The relative winner of Slovenia’s parliamentary election, conservative Janez Janša, said on Thursday (18 July) he did not gather enough support to become prime minister and form a new government. But he said he was still hopeful to create a parliamentary majority “in the coming weeks”.

“There is no necessary majority in the parliament to form a stable government for the 2018-2022 period,” Janša, leader of the anti-immigration SDS party, said in a letter to President Borut Pahor but insisted it was still possible

“I am saying this on the basis of informal talks among parliamentary parties. The common denominator is that a large majority of parties do not want new snap elections,” Janša said.

The two-time prime minister posted his letter to Pahor on his Twitter account after the head of state last week gave him another seven days to assess if he could create a new government.

Slovenia held a general election on 3 June with the SDS getting 25 out of 90 seats in a highly fragmented parliament. Most other parties say they do not want to join a Janša-led coalition. But the alternative – a big an unwieldy coalition of six centre-left parties – is already looking shaky.

Coalition talks among the six parties collapsed on Monday when one of the parties, the conservative New Slovenia (NSI), walked out saying a six-party cabinet would not be stable.

Pahor is expected to inform parliament on Monday that he will nominate no-one for prime minister. Parliament is expected to give parliamentary members another 14 days to propose candidates for prime minister. If no candidate is confirmed by parliament in the coming weeks, Slovenia would probably hold an early election in the autumn.

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