Ljubljana – The members of the Marjan Šarec List (LMŠ) have endorsed a merger with the Freedom Movement, the party of Prime Minister Robert Golob, in a near unanimous vote after the party failed to make the 4% threshold to enter parliament.
Wednesday’s vote by the members, who confirmed the decision with 97% of the vote, follows endorsements by the LMŠ’s executive committee and council in May.
Another party that did not make the cut, the Alenka Bratušek Party (SAB), plans to merge with the Freedom Movement as well. A remote vote is planned between 13 and 15 May.
The formal merger of the three parties is expected by the end of the month, with a congress to be held before the local elections in November.
In advance of the merger, the leaders of both SAB and LMŠ have gotten ministerial posts in the Golob cabinet.
Marjan Šarec has already been appointed defence minister and Alenka Bratušek is slated for the infrastructure portfolio once a blockade by the opposition is lifted and the number of departments is expanded.