Slovenia PM Sarec resigns unexpectedly

'Govt unable to implement reforms, hold elections'

27 January, 18:02

    (ANSAmed) - LJUBLJANA, JANUARY 27 - Slovenian prime minister Marjan Sarec announced Monday unexpectedly that he was resigning and called for early elections. In a press conference, Sarec said that ''the government has not been able to implement radical or structural reforms with these partners'', and that for this reason it would best to hold early elections. In the afternoon, the outgoing prime minister was expected to appear in parliament to speak. Finance Minister Andrej Bertoncelj had recently also resigned, citing personal reasons.

    About ten days ago Sarec, in responding to attacks from the opposition, had said that he believed that there was no reason for the government to fall.

    In an interview with the newspaper Delo, the prime minister did not deny that there were differences within his minority government and spoke about a realistic position held by his government in its reform efforts. ''If we all work for the same goal, we will be able to solve the problems,'' he said. In recent days the situation grew worse. ''With this coalition and with this situation in parliament, I cannot do what citizens expect. I will be able to do it after the elections,'' Sarec said Monday in announcing his resignation. (ANSAmed).

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