Ljubljana Mayor’s Party a Surprise Victor in Slovenia

Posted December 4th, 2011 at 8:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The European financial crisis claimed another victim Sunday as Slovenian voters handed a surprise victory to the party led by the mayor of the capital, Ljubljana, ousting Prime Minister Borut Pahor's Social Democrats

Zoran Jankovic's Positive Slovenia party won 28.5 percent of the vote, according to nearly complete results. The favored conservatives were trailing with 26.3 percent.

Positive Slovenia did not win enough votes to outright form a government on its own, setting up a scramble for coalition


The parliamentary election was called in September, after Slovenia's minority center-left government was ousted in a no-confidence vote. That vote came amid poor economic recovery forecasts and disagreements between the Social Democrats and junior coalition partners.

The debt crisis in the 17-nation eurozone, which includes Slovenia, has led to changes in government in Portugal, Greece, Italy and Spain.