Slovenia’s new government: time to roll up the sleevesAdriatic Journal 14 September 2018
At last night’s session, Slovenian MPs confirmed the country’s first minority government with 45 deputies in favour and 34 against.
Slovenia’s 13th government will be led by the president of LMŠ Marjan Šarec, the youngest premier in the history of Slovenian parliamentary democracy. LMŠ party is in coalition with four other center-left parties: Social Democrats, the Party of the Modern Centre, the Party of Alenka Bratušek and the pensioners’ party Desus. They account for 43 of parliament’s 90 seats. Levica, the opposition Left party, which has nine seats, has pledged to support the government on key policies.
Outgoing prime minister Miro Cerar is the new foreign minister, replacing Karl Erjavec who is now a defence minister. Economist Andrej Bertoncelj takes the finance portfolio, while Samo Fakin will take responsibility for the health ministry.
A lot of work is awaiting the new government, the Prime Minister said ahead of the vote, adding that improving the national healthcare system will be one of the top priorities. Those include shortening waiting times and removing administrative barriers.
“We have proved that we can talk … now it is time to start working… and deliver results,” Šarec said.
The government also said it wants investments with high added value, where the worker will be taken care of. “I am not specific, nor do I want to be. Many in the past were very specific and they knew everything, but the problems were not solved. Every reckless promise comes back as a boomerang and hurts everyone,” said Šarec in his speech ahead of the vote. He added that the new government would be “a guarantee for a stable economic environment that is kind to investment”.
The center-left coalition has been accused by the opposition that it’s programme would destroy the entrepreneurial initiative and create Venezuela from Slovenia. “It will never happen,” Šarec said, adding the public sector and the economy must work hand in hand, “and not look at each other with suspicion”.
Some analysts in Slovenia have said the minority government will be unstable and might struggle to stay in power because coalition partners have different priorities and will depend on the hard-left group Levica to pass legislation. But others have said that nobody in the coalition will want to face another early election which gives the new PM a lot of leeway.
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