SDS Extraordinary International Information, 28th January 2012Today, Saturday 28th January, the vote for the Prime Minister was passed in the Slovenian National Assembly. The newly-formed centre-right coalition consists of all three EPP parties: the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS, 26), the Slovenian People's Party (SLS, 6) the New Slovenia (NSi, 4), Gregor Virant's Civic List (DGLV, 8) and the Democratic Party of Slovenian Pensioners (DeSUS, 6) and the SDS president, Mr Janez Janša, was appointed to be the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia.
The coalition agreement, named “Contract for Slovenia 2012-2015”, was signed on Wednesday 25th January. A day later, also a special protocol with the two minority representatives (Italian and Hungarian) in the Slovenian National Assembly was signed. While agreeing on the program of the coalition and the reduction of costs also by reducing and merging Ministries, the parties are yet to finalise the make-up of the new cabinet.
Today, Saturday 28th January, the coalition members of parliament appointed Janez Janša as Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia with 51 votes out 90.
As a next step, Mr. Janša needs to now put forward candidates for his cabinet to the National Assembly. The coalition agreed to speed up the procedure in order to have an acting government by February 10th. The SDS, regretting the decision of the Social Democrats of not responding to the coalition invitation, invited them as well as Positive Slovenia to join the so-called “development partnership”.