President Pahor nominates SDS leader Janša for prime minister

Slovenian President Borut Pahor had nominated SDS leader Janez Janša for a new prime minister. The parties of SDS, SMC, NSi and DeSUS signed a Coalition Agreement late Tuesday night, which appears to give Janša enough votes to get appointed.

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President Borut Pahor expressed his satisfaction that the period of political uncertainty following the resignation of Marjan Šarec would be relatively short. According to him, this is important for Slovenia both because of political stability and the necessity for the government to carry out its obligations with full powers.

This time, too, Pahor will not be support or obstruct the new government, but cooperate with it, he said. “I want the cooperation to be constructive and to the benefit of our country and of all people,” he added.

He also called for a dialogue and cooperation without any exclusion, and in case of insurmountable differences and contradictions, Pahor said, we should strive to prevent differences and contradictions from deepening into exclusion or divisiveness.

He expects everyone to refrain from statements or acts that are offensive or hateful. “I expect all of us to follow this call,” he urged. He also called for everyone to strengthen confidence in the constitutional system through their work and conduct, and to dismiss any fears of possible hostilities.

Janez Janša reminded that two more votings in the National Assembly are needed before getting a government. He recalled negotiating with the parties of SMC, NSi and DeSUS. In spite of initial pessimism, he said, it turned out that in circumstances when the parties are sovereign and see the common good ahead with the interests and values ​​of party membership behind them, dialogue and compromise are possible.

Coalition governments, according to Janša, “can be successful if the partners enter the coalition relations sincerely, if they are sovereign and able to make compromise”.

They were aware in coalition negotiations of not having a full mandate, so many of the partners’ wishes were not included in the coalition contract. They agree on the need to focus on key issues.

As the first one, he highlighted Slovenian healthcare system, the challenges associated with protecting the environment and the problems that older generation faces. In his opinion, this section concentrates on the most strategic challenges for Slovenia, which is also a welfare state. The coalition envisages the establishment of a demographic office, which, according to Janša, will horizontally coordinate all measures that will improve demographic image of Slovenia. So the most state-building sectors are those dealing with demographics.

According to Janša, decentralization and de-bureaucratization are at the forefront of the new potential government.

He stressed that the Coalition Agreement was signed by four sovereign parties. Things that are not written down, but which will have to be resolved, will be resolved with the consent, Janša announced.


Source: STA,