Belgrade, 27 January 2020 (dpa/MIA) – Slovenian Prime Minister Marjan Sarec resigned on Monday and called for snap elections, saying that his coalition was unable to push through changes he had promised.
Sarec, who heads a fragile minority government, announced his resignation immediately after reports emerged that Finance Minister Andrej Bertoncelj intended to step down due to differences on health insurance reform within the coalition.
“With this coalition, I cannot meet expectations. but I can after elections,” Sarec said.
He said he has already submitted his resignation to the parliament.
He acknowledged that other parties in the parliament may attempt to form a new governing coalition, but added that snap polls would be “the best way for the state and the citizens.”
A former comedian who reached the Slovenian presidential run-off in 2017, Sarec formed the Marjan Sarec List and won the most seats in parliamentary elections in June 2018.
The coalition he formed with four other parties controlled 43 out of the 90 seats in the legislature.
Sarec’s List has 13 lawmakers and the Social Democrats and the Modern Centre Party 10 each, while the Alenka Bratusek Party and the pensioners’ party Desus have five each, a total of 43 out of 90 seats.
To govern, Sarec had to rely on the support of representatives of the Hungarian and the Italian minority, with a vote apiece.
Sarec’ cabinet was Slovenia‘s 13th since it claimed independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1991.