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The National Electoral Commission will announce the final results on Tuesday. Foto: BoBo
The next few days will be set aside for the analysis of election results and the parties’ future plans. Foto: BoBo

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Looking for a path forward after the election

11. June 2018 ob 18:53
Ljubljana - MMC RTV SLO

A week after the election, the national and the regional electoral commissions are counting ballots from abroad. Based on past experience – about 8000 are usually returned --, the ballots will have no effect on the number of parliamentary seats won by each party, but they can change the names elected to the National Assembly.

The National Electoral Commission will announce the final results on Tuesday. After they are certified on Thursday, they will be sent to President Pahor, who will then convene the first session of parliament.

Meanwhile, there is a lull in coalition talks. The second-place finisher Marjan Šarec will carry on the talks tomorrow, while the relative winner Janez Janša is still waiting – at least officially.

Marjan Šarec plans to present an outline of a possible coalition during his consultation with President Pahor. Even before that happens, he hopes to elect the President of the National Assembly from his coalition. However, Šarec’s time is limited. Last week, he reportedly got the nod from Alenka Bratušek, Miro Cerar, Dejan Židan, and Karl Erjavec, but that only gives him 43 votes, which isn’t enough for a parliamentary majority. He would need at least the Left, which already has an invitation to meet with him, or New Slovenia (NSi). Šarec and NSi head Matej Tonin will meet on Tuesday, but NSi’s position is clear: They have no issues joining the coalition if as much of their platform as possible is incorporated into the coalition agreement, and if specific measures (and their timing) are defined.

The next few days will be set aside for the analysis of election results and the parties’ future plans. The Social Democrats say that any cooperation in a government run by Janez Janša would prove fatal to the party in the next election. This Friday’s meeting of DeSUS’s executive bodies promises to be most interesting. President Karl Erjavec, who has been left without a seat in parliament, has offered his resignation to members of DeSUS’s executive committee and council. He considers his coalition with Zoran Janković, which failed to increase the party’s support in Ljubljana, as one of his mistakes.

Nika Benedik, Radio Slovenia; translated by J. B.
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