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Three Slovenian centre-left parties sign coalition accord
September 3, 2014 / 12:50 PM / 3 years ago

Three Slovenian centre-left parties sign coalition accord

LJUBLJANA, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Slovenia’s election winners, the centre-left Party of Miro Cerar, agreed a coalition on Wednesday with the pensioners’ party Desus and the centre-left Social Democrats to secure a solid parliamentary majority.

Law professor Miro Cerar, who was appointed as prime minister by parliament last week, said ministers would be named next week when the coalition accord will be officially sealed.

The three coalition parties together hold 52 out of 90 seats in parliament.

Cerar’s SMC said earlier in August economy professor Dusan Mramor would be the next finance minister while the head of Desus, Karl Erjavec was likely to keep the post of foreign minister.

All three coalition parties are lukewarm on privatisation although the European Commission sees selling state firms as essential for Slovenia to bolster its finances after it managed to bail out its banks without outside help last year.

On Tuesday the government’s investment fund SDH said it had suspended the sale of the largest telecoms operator Telekom pending the new government’s approval.

Cerar has yet to say whether his government will allow the sale, expected to bring the government and its firms some 700 million euros ($920 million), to proceed or not.

Cerar, who has to present his cabinet to parliament by next Tuesday, will take over once the cabinet wins parliamentary approval, which is expected in the middle of September.

“The process of searching for ministers is always very demanding and takes time,” Cerar told reporters after the coalition accord was signed.

Cerar’s SMC party won a snap general election in July after the centre-left Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek resigned in May having lost a battle for the leadership of the Positive Slovenia party. (1 US dollar = 0.7607 euro) (Reporting by Marja Novak; editing by Zoran Radosavljevic and Ruth Pitchford)

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