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Slovenia Business Week no. 47/2004: SDS Leader Jansa Receives Mandate to Form Government

Jansa must form government in 15 days

Janez Jansa, the leader of the centre-right Slovenian Democrats (SDS), has been given the mandate by parliament to form a new government. He won the nomination with 57 votes for and 27 against. "The real work is only just beginning," he told the press.

Jansa expects that the government will be elected by the end of November, after the coalition agreement is signed. Talks about the content of the coalition agreement "have come quite far", he noted on Tuesday, 9 November.

The Jansa-led government would be Slovenia's eighth since the first multi-party elections were held in 1990; it would be the first since the country joined the EU earlier this year.

After he was elected prime minister-designate, Janez Jansa now has up to two weeks to form a new government. The parliament will take a vote on the new ministerial lineup as a whole after each candidate undergoes a hearing in the relevant parliamentary body.

Jansa must present to the speaker of parliament a list of cabinet members along with an explanation for their nomination within 15 days, according to the parliament's standing orders. The ministerial candidates then undergo hearings in relevant parliamentary bodies, whose chairs must submit an evaluation of the candidates to the parliament speaker and the prime minister-designate within 48 hours of the hearing.

The prime minister-designate can replace a candidate up to three days after the hearing.

The parliament then takes a vote on the cabinet lineup as a whole. If the government is appointed, the ministers are sworn in.

On the same day, state secretaries must offer their resignation to the new ministers. As the new ministers are sworn in, a provision of the state administration act will come into force whereby each ministry will only have one state secretary.

The law was passed by parliament in 2002 as part of a reform of the state administration. It was designed to gradually separate "political offices", such as ministers and state secretaries, from those held by professional civil servants.

If the list of ministerial candidates submitted by the prime minister-designate is found to be incomplete and if the prime minister-designate fails to amend it within the set deadline, the parliament can take a vote only on the ministers whose nomination has been complete if they account for more than two thirds of the cabinet.

In that case, the prime-minister designate has to nominate the rest of the cabinet members within ten days after the government is appointed.

Source: Slovene Press Agency STA

Author: STA