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Junior party quits Slovenian ruling coalition, election looms
January 23, 2013 / 5:43 PM / 5 years ago

Junior party quits Slovenian ruling coalition, election looms

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

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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