Slovenia’s prime minister urged all political sides in the tiny EU state Friday to reach an agreement on early elections, after his coalition suffered a new blow this week.
“The political sphere has to reach an agreement on how to appoint a new government through early elections,” Borut Pahor wrote in a commentary published in the daily Vecer. “In the current complicated circumstances, a political crisis is a luxury we cannot afford and we have to take quick and energetic steps.”
On Wednesday, Interior Minister Katarina Kresal resigned amid corruption allegations against her ministry, a new blow to Pahor’s already embattled ruling coalition.
Kresal’s centre-left Liberal Democracy Party (LDS) is the only remaining partner to Pahor’s Social Democrats, after the pensionists’ DESUS party and the centre-left ZARES quit government in June, and her departure left the cabinet with only 10 members to cover 15 ministries.
Amid pressure from the opposition and calls by President Danilo Turk, Pahor already said he would start talks in September over the possibility of calling early elections later this year or next spring. The next regular elections were planned for autumn 2012.