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Anti-Migrant Party Wins Slovenian Elections

Putting together a new government may be a tough task for ex-premier Jansa’s party.

4 June 2018

The rightwing Slovenian Democratic Party headed by former prime minister Janez Jansa (pictured) won about 25 percent of the vote in yesterday’s elections. President Borut Pahor today said he will offer Janez a mandate to form a government. However, most of the other parties in the new parliament have ruled out joining a coalition with Jansa because of his “extremist position,” The Associated Press writes.


A centrist coalition seems to be the more likely outcome, according to the AP.


“I am not obliged to award the mandate to the relative winner of the election, but I will do so because I strongly believe in democracy,” Pahor told the Delo newspaper.


Jansa, 59, has moved to the right on immigration, picking up the support of Hungary’s stridently anti-migrant Viktor Orban. He is also tarnished by a conviction on bribery charges related to a 2006 arms deal. He spent six months in prison in 2014 before the Constitutional Court ordered a retrial, which did not take place because a time limit had expired, CNBC reports.


Nine parties are expected to pass the threshold for entering parliament, including the far-right National Party. Jansa’s SDS will control 25 seats in the 90-member legislature.


A center-left party led by comedian and political satirist Marjan Sarec came in second, followed by the Social Democrats, Politico says.


The SDS is firmly opposed to mandatory quotas for migrants, echoing the line of Orban and other Central European EU members.


"[Our] party puts Slovenia, Slovenians first," Jansa said yesterday, according to CNBC.


He has said he would cut taxes and speed up privatization – an issue that has never been addressed seriously, TOL columnist Martin Ehl wrote after the 2014 elections.


Jansa previously served as prime minister from 2004 to 2008 and from 2012 to 2013. 


  • Jansa’s political biography reads a lot like that of Hungary’s Orban, Politico wrote ahead of the election. A liberal dissident under communism, Jansa took a significant part in the Slovenian independence movement in the late 1980s. The migration spike in 2015 led both men to strongly oppose more migration from Muslim countries.


  • The SDS finished second in the 2014 elections despite Jansa starting his prison sentence just three weeks earlier, Ehl wrote.

Compiled by Ky Krauthamer

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