A new extreme left government possible in Slovenia
Yesterday’s confirmation of the mandate of Marjan Šarec to form the new Slovenian government was enabled by the Left party, whose ideal is the Venezuelan socio-political system. They demand higher taxes, nationalization of private property, withdrawal of Slovenia from the NATO alliance and are opposing the sale of the state-owned NLB bank (Nova Ljubljanska Banka), which was requested by the European Commission.
With the election of Marjan Šarec as the Prime Minister-designate, Slovenia has experienced another one of the political scams that have not been rare since this former Yugoslav Republic has declared its independence. But for the first time in the history of this country, the foundation for the minority government was set up based on the formula 5 + 1, with the extremist Left party joining the defeated former governmental coalition of SMC. Parliament vote on the confirmation of the Prime minister-designate was thus enabled by the Left party, which, according to all criteria, is an extreme left party.
The party, which was among the co-organizers of the violent street protests a couple of years ago and sees the socio-political system of Venezuela as its ideal, demands higher taxes and the withdrawal of Slovenia from the NATO alliance, is also a party that is opposing the sale of the state-owned NLB bank (Nova Ljubljanska Banka), which Slovenia has agreed on with the European Commission when it financed the bank recapitalization with the state funds.
When the SDS party won the elections on June 3, it received 24.92 percent of the votes, while the second-ranked List of Marjan Šarec, the party of the elected mandate holder, won only 12.60 percent of the vote.
The Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) won more votes than the second and third-ranked party combined, because the third-ranked party Social Democrats (SD), the successor to the Communist Party of Slovenia and Yugoslavia, received only 9.93 percent of the votes. SDS received more votes than all three parties that composed the coalition of the previous Miro Cerar’s government(the Modern Centre Party, the Social Democrats and the Democratic Party of Pensioners of Slovenia). These three parties’ governing mandate has terminated prematurely due to internal disagreements and incompetence and thus caused early elections. Now they are re-entering almost the same governing coalition.
The mandate holder Marjan Šarec, who has no experience in the state politics and doesn’t even know the difference between the Council of the European Union and the Council of Europe, is known in Slovenia as an imitator and cheap entertainer who built his popularity and visibility on appearances characterized by a low level of humor, which even crosses into insults, mostly of the female gender.
Such fierce exclusion of the election winner, the appointment of a mandate holder and the coalition composition are a consequence of the still very strong background forces, which, through political marionettes and with the support of the regime's media, prevail in Slovenia. This influential background has its roots in the previous regime, the Communist party and its secret police. With their actions and influence they can therefore turn the absolute defeat at the parliamentary elections into a position where they still maintain their power and provide for their privileges.
New PM-designate has now 15 days to present his government which has to be approved by a majority voting in parliament, which also depends on the support of the extreme Left party. It is still unclear if they will vote yes or they will just abstain from the vote. In this case, Slovenia could face a new early election.