Junior party quits Slovenian ruling coalition, election looms

LJUBLJANA Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:42pm EST

Slovenia's Prime Minister Janez Jansa arrives at the European Union (EU) council headquarters for an EU leaders summit discussing the EU's long-term budget in Brussels November 23, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Vidal

Slovenia's Prime Minister Janez Jansa arrives at the European Union (EU) council headquarters for an EU leaders summit discussing the EU's long-term budget in Brussels November 23, 2012.

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LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - A junior partner in Slovenia's ruling coalition quit on Wednesday, stripping the government of its majority in parliament and dealing a blow to the troubled euro zone member's efforts to avoid a bailout.

The Civic List said it had left the coalition after conservative Prime Minister Janez Jansa refused to resign over a corruption scandal. Jansa is expected to hold on at the helm of a minority government until parliament nominates a new prime minister or calls an early election.

(Reporting by Marja Novak; Editing by Matt Robinson)

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