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Slovenia's PM designate confident of coalition next week

Slovenia's prime minister designate Alenka Bratusek said Thursday she expected to form a new coalition by next week, as she faced the tricky task of lifting the troubled country out of a searing economic and political crisis. The 42-year-old political newcomer was given the mandate to form a new government late Wednesday after a no-confidence vote ousted Premier Janez Jansa, under fire for weeks over corruption claims that ignited mass nationwide protests.

Slovenia's PM designate starts tough talks over new cabinet

Slovenia's prime minister designate Alenka Bratusek was to start talks Thursday for a new coalition, a tricky task amid the country's worst political crisis since independence in 1991. Bratusek, a 42-year-old political newcomer, was given late Wednesday the mandate to form a new government, following a no-confidence vote against Premier Janez Jansa. "Only together we can bring Slovenia to the place where we belong," she told lawmakers after being sworn in immediately after the vote.

Slovenia's PM designate starts tough talks over new cabinet

Slovenia's prime minister designate Alenka Bratusek was to start talks Thursday for a new coalition, a tricky task amid the country's worst political crisis since independence in 1991. Bratusek, a 42-year-old political newcomer, was given late Wednesday the mandate to form a new government, following a no-confidence vote against Premier Janez Jansa. "Only together we can bring Slovenia to the place where we belong," she told lawmakers after being sworn in immediately after the vote.

Slovenia's new PM, a fresh face in tough times

Alenka Bratusek, Slovenia's first female prime minister, has made a meteoric rise from local government to establish herself in the male-dominated sphere of national politics. The 42-year-old entered parliament only last year after a decade in local politics, and was reluctant to make the change at first. "It was not easy to enter politics, a profession that isn't very appreciated in Slovenia," she states in an official biography on the website of her centre-left opposition Positive Slovenia party.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Slovenian PM loses no-confidence vote

Slovenian lawmakers voted Wednesday in favour of a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Janez Jansa's centre-right government following weeks of political turmoil in the small eurozone country. The mandate for forming a government amid the Balkan country's worst crisis since independence from Yugoslavia in 1991 now passes to political newcomer Alenka Bratusek of the centre-left, as Slovenia's first female premier. bk/stu/boc

Government falls in troubled euro member Slovenia

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa's year-old centre-right government fell late Wednesday after lawmakers backed a no-confidence motion following weeks of political turmoil in the small eurozone country. The mandate for forming a government amid the country's worst crisis since independence from Yugoslavia in 1991 now passes to political newcomer Alenka Bratusek of the centre-left, as Slovenia's first female premier.

Slovenia parliament dismisses PM, gives centre-left mandate

LJUBLJANA, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Slovenia dismissed its conservative-led government on Wednesday and gave a centre-left finance expert the task of halting the Alpine state's fall from post-communist rising star to the euro zone's latest bailout candidate.

Slovenian PM set to be voted out

The end was nigh for Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa late Wednesday as lawmakers prepared to vote on a no-confidence motion after weeks of political turmoil in the small eurozone country. The vote was expected to kill off Jansa's centre-right administration after barely a year of presiding over Slovenia's worst crisis since independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. The mandate to form a government was expected to pass to Alenka Bratusek from the centre-left, making the 42-year-old political newcomer the recession-hit country's first female premier.

Slovenian PM-in-waiting, a fresh face in tough times

Alenka Bratusek, set to become Slovenia's first female prime minister, has made a meteoric rise from local government to establish herself in the male-dominated sphere of national politics. The 42-year-old entered parliament only last year after a decade in local politics, and was reluctant to make the change at first. "It was not easy to enter politics, a profession that isn't very appreciated in Slovenia," she states in an official biography on the website of her centre-left opposition Positive Slovenia party.

Slovenia holds no confidence vote against PM amid crisis

Slovenia's parliament sat for an extended debate Wednesday ahead of a no-confidence vote expected to spell the end of Prime Minister Janez Jansa's one-year-old government. Jansa has refused to step down over corruption claims, paving the way for the leader of the main opposition centre-left, Alenka Bratusek, to be given the mandate to form a new government. The prospect of early elections -- the second in two years -- still loomed large amid a worsening economic crisis that could see Slovenia requiring a bailout much like Greece, Ireland or Spain.
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