Analysts Praise Šarec and His Focus on Healthcare

By , 19 Aug 2018, 08:00 AM Politics
After Friday's vote in the National Assembly, the President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor congratulated Prime Minister Marjan Šarc. In a short conversation, he wished successful work for the benefit of Slovenia and all its people. After Friday's vote in the National Assembly, the President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor congratulated Prime Minister Marjan Šarc. In a short conversation, he wished successful work for the benefit of Slovenia and all its people. From LMŠ Facebook page

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STA, 17 August 2018 - Analysts Igor Pribac and Žiga Turk both highlighted in their response to Friday's parliamentary address by Marjan Šarec the newly appointed prime minister's listing of healthcare as the cabinet's top priority. Pribac believes healthcare will be the stand or fall issue for the new government. 

Pribac, a philosophy professor at the Ljubljana Faculty of Arts, told the STA that unlike the financial crisis, which was a firefighting operation, Slovenia's healthcare was in a deep structural crisis.

He argued that a tackling of the situation might also reveal the workings of the so-called deep state, but he warned that the expectations of the public may be too big given the budget capacities.

Turk, a passionate twitter user who was a minister in both right-leaning Janez Janša governments, also pointed out that Šarec mentioned healthcare before security and borders, which was wise given what truly worries the people.

"The more experienced partners let him be in charge of this problem and given that he is the least prejudiced ideologically among them, this may even be a good thing," Turk argued.

Both analysts also pointed to Šarec's highlighting of infrastructure, with Pribac arguing that Šarec was inheriting the "results of a relatively successful economic period" which would have to be invested wisely.

Turk also broached Šarec's warnings against generalised attacks on the public sector and call for cooperation between the public and private sector. He said Šarec was not naive but pragmatic about the situation.

Šarec's real position on the issue will be revealed with time, Turk however suspects that Šarec will not stick to a single doctrine and could stand slightly to the right of his coalition partners here.

Pribac, who feels Šarec passed the test of the uncertain post-election period with honours, also spoke of the PM-designate's pragmatism, while he argued that successful communication will be be key for the survival of the government.

Turk moreover noted that Šarec avoided idealogical issues in his address, did not raise expectations and used simple, comprehensible language. "If this means that the solving of problems as opposed doctrinal disputes will be at the forefront, this is an encouraging start," he told the STA.

According to Turk, Šarec's address was "decent enough". He struck a balance between right-wing values, such as the homeland and patriotism, and more leftist values, for instance compassion for fellow man and cooperation, Turk said.

Šarec avoided conflict, said little one could oppose to and while he provided little content, there was also no need for this, he added.

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