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Coalition agreement ready for decision by Left, Šarec says


Šarec said after the meeting of the six parties that they broached open issues and that the draft agreement was ready for the Left's party council to discuss it.

Šarec gave the statement shortly after unofficial sources alleged that today's meeting with the Marjan Šarec List (LMŠ), Social Democrats (SD), the Modern Centre Party (SMC), the Alenka Bratušek Party (SAB), and the Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) had not gone smoothly.

Allegedly the five parties that have been in talks since early June refused to give in to the Left's demands to raise corporate income tax, cut defence funding and prevent the privatisation of the bank NLB.

To this Šarec said, that "building a coalition means making compromises". He added that the representatives of the Left were constructive in the talks and that all of the potential coalition partners had to give up some of their demands.

The Left is scheduled to hold meetings of its executive committee and party council tomorrow afternoon. Before signing the coalition agreement, the party would also hold a referendum to test the support for the coalition among its members.

Šarec would not speculate on the Left's next step. However, he did express expectation that the council would okay the document and call a party referendum.

The Left's team of negotiators did not give statements for the press after the meeting.


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