New Slovenian parliament to open

Official results released over the weekend have confirmed the Freedom Movement, a new party formed by businessman Robert Golob, will have the most significant faction, having secured 34.45% of the vote and 41 seats in the chamber of 90 deputies. [Shutterstock/B Andel]

President Borut Pahor has formally called the maiden session of the new National Assembly for 13 May after receiving a report on the official results of the 24 April general election, paving the way for an early-July formation of the new government.

Official results released over the weekend have confirmed the Freedom Movement, a new party formed by businessman Robert Golob, will have the most significant faction, having secured 34.45% of the vote and 41 seats in the chamber of 90 deputies.

The Democratic Party (SDS) of outgoing Prime Minister Janez Janša won 23.48% of the vote and 27 seats, and its current coalition partner New Slovenia (NSi) 6.86% of the vote and eight seats.

The Social Democrats (SD) mustered 6.69% of the vote to win seven seats, and the Left garnered 4.46% to secure five seats.

The SD and Left have already entered into talks with the Freedom Movement to form a centre-left government and plan to finalise the division of portfolios this week. Golob has said they are aiming to form a government by 3 July.

Pahor plans formal consultations with parliamentary factions to be quick.

“Once I have determined convincing support for a prime minister-designate – I don’t expect surprises – I believe I will sign off his nomination on the same day and send it to the National Assembly,” said Pahor.

One of the first tasks of the new assembly will be to amend the government act to allow changes to ministerial portfolios planned by the incoming coalition.

The Freedom Movement has indicated it will also fast-track an omnibus bill tabled by a group of non-governmental organisations to repeal what they see as detrimental measures of the Janša government.

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