1st LD Writethru: Slovenian government loses confidence vote

Updated: 2011-09-21 02:04:00

(Xinhua)

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LJUBLJANA, September 20 (Xinhua) -- The Slovenian government led by Prime Minister Borut Pahor failed on Tuesday to pass confidence vote in the National Assembly, prompting parliament possible to either appoint a new premier or hold a snap election.

Pahor has been leading a minority government since June. By August 10 when he accepted Interior Minister Katarina Kresal's resigination due to corruption accusation, Pahor has had five portfolio vacancies, one third of all ministers in Pahor's cabinet.

Prior to the vote of confidence, Pahor has also tied the vote to the appointment of five ministers.

It was no surprise when Pahor failed in the vote of confidence, as the prime minister and his cabinet have been criticized for their inability to deal with worsening political crisis and financial and economic problems.

However, Pahor insisted that he tried his best to serve the country. He thanked his cabinet team for the hard work in dealing with the difficult economic situation in the country.

Pahor, Slovenia's sixth prime minister, took the oath of office on November 8, 2008. He is the third prime minister in the country to be forced to step down due to the failure in a vote of confidence.

Local analysts said that the latest non-confidence vote demonstrated that many people in the country are expecting a strong government through new elections.

Finance, local business daily, said that the confidence vote in parliament on Tuesday was a "moment of truth" for the people, who will have to "swallow what they've elected and have to live with politicians that they have made electable."