Slovenian PM resigns, early election expected

Updated: 2014-05-05 21:50


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Slovenian PM resigns, early election expected

Slovenia's Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek speaks during a news conference in Ljubljana April 29, 2014. [Photo/Agencies]

LJUBLJANA - Slovenian Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek resigned on Monday, suggesting coalition party leaders hold an early election "before the summer."

Bratusek tendered her resignation to the parliament speaker on Saturday, after losing the leadership of her Positive Slovenia, one of the ruling parties in the coalition government.

"If all are true to their word, we will have an election before the summer," she said on her Twitter account.

Following her resignation, all cabinet members will also end their terms, but all will continue their business until a new government is appointed.

Bratusek was sworn in as the premier after the parliament dismissed a coalition government headed by former prime minister Janez Jansa in February 2013.

Bratusek is the first female prime minister since Slovenia declared independence from former Yugoslavia in June 1991.