Slovenia will have a more gender-balanced parliament than ever before as 36 of the 90 MPs who started their term on Friday, including the new speaker, are women.
Urška Klakočar Zupančič, a former judge and a co-founder of the Freedom Movement, was elected speaker. “After a good thirty years of independence, a woman is taking charge of the National Assembly and perhaps this is the first harbinger of change that our country badly needs,” she said.
The most gender-balanced party in parliament is the Freedom Movement, in which women make up more than half of the 41-strong deputy group. In the two junior partners of the incoming coalition, the Social Democrats and the Left, over 40% of MPs are women.
In the previous parliament, 22 women were elected to parliament, but by the end of the term, the number of women MPs went up since other lawmakers who went to take on executive roles were replaced.
The government is also likely to become more gender-balanced as seven of the 18 names for minister posts so far revealed are women – a stark difference compared to the two women in the current conservative government.
“Women’s equality in society should go without saying,” said Freedom Movement President Robert Golob, the presumptive new prime minister.