Pahor Prefers an Early Election to Choosing a Prime Minister-Designate After Cerar Quits

By , 15 Mar 2018, 15:19 PM Politics
President Borut Pahor, some years ago President Borut Pahor, some years ago Wikimedia - Veni from New York, USA CC by 2.0

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PM resigned last night after irregularities in rail referendum spending. 

STA, March 15, 2018 – President Borut Pahor decided that he will not put forward a prime minister-designate for the approval of the National Assembly after Wednesday's resignation by Prime Minister Miro Cerar. He believes that it makes more sense to call early general elections, expected to be in the second half of May.

The announcement from the president’s office came after Pahor received Cerar to get acquainted with the reasons for the resignation.

"President Pahor has assessed that the resignation of the prime minister will result in early election, probably in the second half of May," the office said in a press release.

Pahor will not propose a prime minister-designate to the National Assembly, but a proposal can be also put forward by deputy groups or a group of at least 10 MPs.

The president will consult on this and possible dates of the early election with the heads of deputy groups next week.

Cerar tendered his resignation to parliamentary Speaker Milan Brglez today after announcing the move last night following the annulment of the Koper-Divača rail track referendum by the Supreme Court.

Under the law, the National Assembly has to acknowledge his resignation within seven days.

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