Janković to bid for 5th term as Ljubljana Mayor

Ljubljana – Zoran Janković has declared his intention to stand for his fifth straight term as mayor of Slovenia’s capital in the autumn local elections. “It’s nice to be Ljubljana mayor,” he said on Monday.

Janković has served as Ljubljana mayor since 2006, winning every election since with an outright majority, including after a brief foray into politics at the national level in 2011 when his party Positive Slovenia won a plurality in the general election but Janković failed to form a government.

The 69-year-old mayor announced his renewed bid at Monday’s City Council session marking Ljubljana Day in memory of the city’s liberation in World War II. He praised his team and listed the projects implemented and planned by his administration, noting the importance of cooperation with the national government.

Listing the challenges ahead, including an energy crisis and a potential food crisis. “We must be prepared for all that, that’s why I’m looking forward to our next government to be led by Robert Golob,” he said, describing the prospective PM as one of Europe’s biggest energy experts.

Janković, who used to be Golob’s party boss, commented on the 24 April general election by saying that Slovenians said a no to PM Janez Janša and his divisive politics, disrespect for the rule of law and attacks on free media.