Repeating Slovenia's parliamentary elections wouldn't end political deadlock, poll shows

Repeating Slovenia's parliamentary elections wouldn't end political deadlock, poll shows
Janez Jansa, whose Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) won the largest number of votes, has been given the mandate to form a new government, but there is no indication yet that he can gain sufficient support to set up a cabinet.
By bne IntelliNews June 18, 2018

If Slovenia was to repeat its recent parliamentary elections there would be no major changes, at least in the order of the top ranking parties, according to the latest Vox Populi poll, public broadcaster RTV SLO reported on June 18.

Slovenia is currently facing serious political uncertainty as none of political parties that managed to enter parliament after June 3 elections are able to form government. President Borut Pahor has given the mandate to form a new government to Janez Jansa, whose Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) won the largest number of votes, but there is no indication yet that he can gain sufficient support to set up a cabinet.

According to RTV SLO, should the vote be repeated, Jansa would win again and be supported by more than 25% of those polled. Marjan Sarec’s list (LMS) came in second, with 11.6%. The Social Democrats (SD) and the Party of Modern Centre (SMC) follow, both on 9.2%. 8.8% of those polled would endorse the Left Party (Levica), 3.8% the Alenka Bratusek Party (SAB), 3.4% the Slovenian National Party (SNS) and 3.2% Nova Slovenija (NSi), while the Democratic Party of Pensioners of Slovenia (DeSUS) received 3.1% support. Around 14% of those polled said they were undecided about who they would vote for.

In the June 3 elections, the SDS had the largest number of votes, 24.92%, the LMS 12.6%, and the Social Democrats (SD) led by outgoing Minister of Agriculture Dejan Zidan 9.93%. Six other parties will also take seats in the Slovenian parliament. Among them are outgoing Prime Minister Miro Cerar’s SMC with 9.75%, Left Party (Levica) with 9.33% and NSi on 7.16%. Just scraping past the threshold of 4% are SAB, DeSUS and the far-right SNS, which will return to the parliament after failing to pass the threshold last time.

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