Slovenian cabinet loses confidence vote in parliament

LJUBLJANA, Sept 20 Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:10pm EDT

LJUBLJANA, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Slovenia's troubled centre-left government lost a confidence vote in parliament late on Tuesday, an event that could lead to Slovenia's first early election since independence in 1991.

The euro zone member's government lost its parliamentary majority in May and has failed to implement economic reforms to stimulate the economy after a sharp contraction during the global financial crisis.

Either President Danilo Turk or parliament members now have seven days to nominate a new prime minister-designate, but if a new prime minister is not elected in 30 days an early election has to be called. Under normal conditions, the next election is due in September 2012.

(Reporting By Marja Novak, edited by Zoran Radosavljevic)