The center-left prime minister of Slovenia, Marjan Sarec, today announced by surprise his resignation and the call for elections because his minority coalition government is unable to pass important laws in Parliament. «With this Government I cannot achieve anything. That’s why the most honest thing is that we go to early elections »Sarec said at a press conference in Slovenia. Before Sarec’s resignation, it was learned that Finance Minister Andrej Bertoncelj had resigned.
The current Slovenian Government is a coalition of five progressive parties that formed in the summer of 2018 and was led by former comedian Sarec, who is still the most popular politician in the country. Since November of last year the coalition remained in the minority in Parliament because the Left formation, which was not in the Executive but supported it, decided to withdraw its support.
So, The Government currently had 44 deputies in a 90-seat chamber, two below the absolute majority, and depended on the support of the two representatives of the Italian and Hungarian minorities, and other opposition parties.
“With this Parliament and this coalition, I can’t meet people’s expectations, but I can meet them after the elections,” Sarec promised.
Since Izquierda stopped supporting the coalition in November, it was only possible to approve the budget and some other smaller measures thanks to the timely support of some groups, such as the ultranationalist SNS.
«The decision held by the people»
The prime minister assured that he will present his resignation to the House today and will submit to the verdict of the polls so that “people can say if they trust me” and that “the parliamentary kitchen to form a new government” begins to function.
He reiterated that he remains open to cooperate in the future with the centrist party SMC, a partner so far in the government, and with other electoral lists. Left did not support several government proposals lately and did not go to Sarec’s invitation to find common points of view.
According to the latest surveys, Marjan Sarec’s List (LMS) is the party with the most support, 15%, followed by the conservative Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) of Janez Jansa with 14%.
The Parliament of the small republic of two million inhabitants belonging to the European Union is very fragmented, with almost a dozen parties, the majority with less than 10% of the votes.