November 13, 2007 / 12:05 PM / 11 years ago

Slovene PM mulls resignation after presidential vote

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Slovenia’s government is considering all options including resignation, after the victory of an opposition candidate in the presidential runoff at the weekend, Prime Minister Janez Jansa said on Tuesday.

Slovenia's Prime Minister Janez Jansa looks on during a joint news conference with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (not pictured) at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, November 6, 2007. Slovenia's government is considering all options including resignation, after the victory of an opposition candidate in the presidential runoff at the weekend, Jansa said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

The comments, the first by Jansa after Sunday’s victory of leftist Danilo Turk, shocked the small but wealthy European Union member, which takes over the EU presidency in January.

“The situation will be analyzed but I can say now that all options are open, including the government’s resignation,” the national STA news agency quoted Jansa as saying in Ormoz, a town in northeastern Slovenia.

“The circumstances are making the work of the government difficult, even when it comes to routine, ordinary issues, and particularly difficult in preparing for the EU presidency (from January 1, 2008)”, he said.

Reporting by Manca Ulcar

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