STA, 18 December STA - Health Minister Tomaž Gantar tendered his resignation on Friday after his Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) decided to leave the coalition. Prime Minister Janez Janša has notified parliament of his decision.
"I've always tried to do my job conscientiously, with all due responsibility and commitment. I believe we did important work together," Gantar said in his letter of resignation.
After DeSUS quit the coalition yesterday, party leader Karl Erjavec initially said it would be up to Janša to decide what to do with both DeSUS ministers, Gantar and Agriculture Minister Jože Podgoršek.
It was later pointed out, by Janša and several others, that DeSUS bylaws require ministers to resign if the party leaves the coalition.