Several parties drop out of parliament after high turnout

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Ljubljana – Several parties have dropped out of parliament after the general election, including both parties that enabled Janez Janša to form the government in 2020, the opposition Pensioners’ Party (DeSUS) and Concretely, a coalition party that stood in the election under the centre-right Connecting Slovenia alliance.

Both centre-left DeSUS and liberal Concretely helped the right-wing Democrats (SDS) form Slovenia’s 14th government in March 2020 after Marjan Šarec, the leader of his LMŠ party, stepped down as prime minister in a failed bid to trigger an early election and get a majority in the National Assembly.

In addition to DeSUS and Connecting Slovenia, which polled at less than 1% and some 3%, respectively, the centre-left opposition parties Marjan Šarec List (LMŠ) and Alenka Bratušek Party (SAB) did not make it into parliament either.

The LMŠ was just shy of reaching the parliamentary threshold of 4% after coming in as second-placed in 2018 in what was their first parliamentary election, whereas almost 3% of those who cast their vote decided to back the SAB, which has thus been left out of the parliament for the first time since its establishment in 2014.

After returning among parliamentary parties following the 2018 election, the opposition National Party (SNS), which mainly supported the outgoing government, has now also been left outside the National Assembly, having polled at 1.5%, according to near-final results.

In the 2018 election, DeSUS polled almost 5% of the vote, SMC nearly 10%, LMŠ was at some 13%, SAB 5% and SNS just over 4%.

One of the biggest losers of this election seems to be DeSUS, which had been a coalition party in the past nine governments until they quit the coalition in December 2020. As an opposition party, its MPs mainly backed government proposals in parliament in what was mostly against the party’s stance.

Only five parties have made it into parliament as votes have been split up to a large extent between the relative winner of the election, Freedom Movement (34.5%), and second-placed Democrats (SDS) (23.5%), the ruling party in the latest term. The coalition New Slovenia (NSi) and opposition SocDems and Left remained in parliament.