Most Slovenians support Sarec's decision to step down, call for snap election

Most Slovenians support Sarec's decision to step down, call for snap election

Most Slovenians support Sarec's decision to step down, call for snap election Izvor: Reuters / Julien Warnand

A majority of Slovenians support outgoing Prime Minister Marjan Sarec's decision to resign and insist on holding a snap parliamentary election as soon as possible.

According to a poll published by the Ljubljana-based daily Dnevnik on Tuesday, 60.5 percent of Slovenians are in favour of holding an early election in April or May.

Announcing his decision to step down on Monday, Sarec explained that his resignation was caused by political blocking of his minority government, and that he could not get important legislation passed through Slovenia's parliament. In the 90-seat legislature, his government held 43 MPs, including 13 from his own party.

According to Dnevnik's opinion poll, Slovenians largely support Sarec's arguments.

On the other hand, 19.4 percent of respondents believe that Sarec should have formed a different coalition to begin with after the June 2018 election, which might have functioned better in power.

Analysts believe that an early election would make Sarec's position stronger, allowing him to form a more stable cabinet after the vote.

Also possible is that instead of holding a snap election, a new governing majority could be formed in parliament, led by opposition leader and former prime minister Janez Jansa, the Maribor-based Vecer newspaper said on Tuesday.

Economy Minister, Zdravko Pocivalsek, of the Party of Modern Centre (SMC) said on Monday that the dissolution of the current cabinet was "an unnecessary move" and did not rule out that a new coalition might be formed which would help avoid a snap election.

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