LJUBLJANA, Sept 20 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)