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Slovenia Business Week no. 46/2004: Janez Jansa Nominated as PM-Designate

President Janez Drnovsek has nominated the leader of the Slovenian Democrats (SDS) Janez Jansa as a prime-minister designate. Drnovsek has already sent the proposal to parliament, his office said

As Jansa told the press after meeting Drnovsek today, 03 November they concluded he had enough support in parliament to become the new prime minister. Drnovsek, on the other hand, did not wish to speak to the press.

According to the standing orders, the parliament has to take a vote on the prime minister-designate within two to seven days after the president put forward his proposal. MPs are thus due to vote on Jansa next Wednesday at the latest.

The prime minister-designate is elected in a secret ballot and needs 46 votes in the 90-member parliament. Before the vote, the candidate has to present his government programme, and has 15 days to propose the ministerial candidates after being elected.

Jansa has already secured himself enough support in parliament, promised to be backed by four parties, New Slovenia (NSi), People's Party (SLS) and Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) in addition to the SDS, which together account for 49 votes.

The would-be prime minister meanwhile invited today two left-leaning parties of the outgoing ruling coalition to continue informal coalition talks. He is due to meet representatives of the United List (ZLSD) and the Liberal Democrats (LDS) on Friday, 05 November or Monday, 08 November.

Asked to comment on the odds of the LDS and the ZLSD to join the ruling coalition after the two hold party congresses in the coming months, Jansa said that this might be possible in theory.

Changes to the act on the government are also scheduled to be on the talks' agenda, according to Jansa. He is convinced that a decision on the changes could be taken as early as next week, but would like to see consensus among parties to be as broad as possible beforehand.

The legislation changes are said to include the formation of the Ministry for Public Administration and the abolishment of the Ministry for Information Society.

Jansa refused to comment on the names for the cabinet candidates or on the distribution of ministerial seats among the four parties, the SDS, the NSi, the SLS and DeSUS, which have already been sent the coalition agreement draft.

Source: Slovene Press Agency STA

Author: Branka Murn