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Political row threatens Slovenia government, efforts to avert bailout
|Last Edited||IndyGeorgia Oct 04, 2013 07:59am|
|Media||News Service - Reuters|
|News Date||Friday, October 4, 2013 01:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||A dispute over the leadership of Slovenia's ruling party erupted on Wednesday, posing a threat to the euro zone state's four-party coalition government and its efforts to avert an international bailout. |
The mayor of Slovenia's capital Ljubljana, Zoran Jankovic, announced he would run for the leadership of the center-left Positive Slovenia (PS), the main ruling party, in a move that prompted dismay among the other coalition parties.
Jankovic, who set up the PS in 2011, resigned from its helm in February, enabling his successor, Alenka Bratusek, to form a coalition government with the three other parties and to become prime minister of the tiny Alpine country.
The parties had refused to join a coalition if Jankovic remained PS leader. They cited a state anti-corruption commission report which said in January Jankovic could not explain the origin of a big part of his income in past years.
"I decided to be a candidate for the president of Positive Slovenia. This was a difficult decision. I will explain my reasons... at the congress," Jankovic told a news conference, referring to a party gathering planned for October 19.
Bratusek has said she will seek re-election as PS leader.
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