STA, 24 April 2022 - The Freedom Movement, a new party formed by former energy executive Robert Golob, won Sunday's general election in Slovenia with 35.8% of the vote or 42 seats in the 90-member National Assembly, exit polls suggest. The incumbent ruling Democrats (SDS) won 22.5% as only three other parties apparently made it to parliament.
The only other of the current ruling coalition parties to have made it to parliament is New Slovenia (NSi), which exit polls, conducted by Mediana for the public broadcaster TV Slovenija and commercial POP TV, show won 6.8%.
The SocDems and the Left, which are likely to form a coalition with the Freedom Movement, got 6.6% and 4.4% of the vote, respectively, exit polls show, which however do not include voters who cast their ballots in the early election, where the turnout was a high 7.7%.
Given the exit polls, the SDS won 26 seats, the NSi eight, the SocDems seven and the Left five.
The parties formed by two former PMs, Marjan Šarec and Alenka Bratušek, are shown to have been squeezed out of parliament, as has the alliance that includes the party of the outgoing Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek. The LMŠ won 3.8%, the alliance Connecting Slovenia 3.2% and Bratušek's SAB 2.9%.