SLOVENIJA
Officially: Republika Slovenija.
English: Slovenia.
Seat of government: Ljubljana.
Status: Democratic.
Structure: Government is led by a prime minister and chosen by the Državni Zbor, elected through proportional representation on a party-list vote, with one guaranteed seat each for the Italiano and Magyar communities. Some legislative role is reserved for those minority representatives and for the Državni Svet, chosen by local and functional consistuencies.
Governing parties: Stranka Mira Cerarja; Demokratična Stranka Upokojencev Slovenije, led by Karl Erjavec; Socialni Demokrati.
Heads of government: Miro Cerar, SMC, prime minister; Borut Pahor, SD, president.
Other parliamentary parties: Slovenska Demokratska Stranka, led by Janez Janša; Združena Levica; Nova Slovenija – Krščanski Demokrati; Zavezništvo Alenke Bratušek.
Assessment: The most prosperous and, not coincidentally, the most stable of the departed elements of Jugoslavija. Janez Drnovšek of Liberalna Demokracija Slovenije was prime minister (1992-2000, 2000-2) when elected president in 2002, and took an active role, while the government was controlled by SDS under Janša (2004-8, 2012-3). In 2007, Danilo Türk of the opposition replaced Drnovšek. In general elections in 2008, the SD won a slim plurality over SDS; SD, Zares – Nova Politika, DeSUS, and LDS formed a government under Pahor. In the 2011 elections, Pozitivna Slovenija finished first, but SDS, Državljanska Lista, DeSUS, Slovenska Ljudska Stranka, and NS formed a coalition under Janša. He was accused of corruption in 2013 (later convicted and imprisoned), leading to a new coalition of PS, SD, DL, and DeSUS, under Alenka Bratušek of PS, essentially a placeholder for party founder Zoran Janković. Janković challenged her for party leadership in 2014 and won, causing a collapse of the coalition and new elections. In the 2014 elections, a party created to support Cerar finished with a sizable plurality, and Cerar became prime minister, while PS lost all of its representation. Pahor succeeded Türk as president in 2012.
FH: 1-1, free. Econ: 7.96 (30), full democracy.
Updated: 2014 November 10.
 

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