Slovenian president nominates Janez Jansa as candidate for prime minister

Source: Xinhua| 2020-02-26 22:46:08|Editor: yhy
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LJUBLJANA, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- Slovenian President Borut Pahor has nominated Janez Jansa, leader of the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) as candidate for prime minister after four parties had reached an agreement on forming a center-right coalition.

Pahor said he was glad the period of political uncertainty was so short following the resignation of Marjan Sarec as prime minister in late January, the Slovenian Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

He called on the political stakeholders to engage in dialogue and refrain from excluding anyone, while pledging to work together with the government in his capacity as president. "I want this cooperation to be constructive and for the benefit of our country and all the people," he said.

Jansa said the coalition agreement showed that the four parties were willing to seek compromise solutions and would work to tackle the most pressing issues that Slovenia faces. However, he also acknowledged that it was impossible to achieve everything that had to be done in the two and a half years until the next scheduled election.

The SDS, the Modern Centre Party (SMC), the New Slovenia party (NSi) and the Democratic Party of Pensioners (DeSUS) have reached an agreement on forming a coalition, the head of the SDS Deputy Group, Danijel Krivec, said on Tuesday. The four parties can count on a slim but comfortable majority in the parliament, which has to vote on Jansa's nomination in seven days at the latest.

Former Prime Minister Sarec resigned and called for new elections on Jan. 27. He said his minority government could not push through important legislation.

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