LJUBLJANA, May 3 (Xinhua) -- Slovenian Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek announced on Saturday to resign to make way for an early election before the summer.
It is best for Slovenia to hold an early election before the summer, she told reporters after a coalition summit at Brdo pri Kranju, about 35 km northwest of Ljubljna.
Bratusek made the announcement one week after she failed to be elected as president of Positive Slovenia, one of the ruling parties in the coalition government.
She will officially present her letter of resignation to President Borut Pahor and Speaker Janko Veber on Monday.
Bratusek noted that there is no need to panic because of her resignation as the government has managed to stabilise the country's public finance over the past year, and national economic performance is better than expected.
Analysts said early this week that the coalition government headed by Bratusek would collapse if she resigns, or fails to survive a potential confidence vote.
Bratusek, 43, is the first female prime minister in the history of Slovenia. Slovenia declared independence from former Yugoslavia in June 1991.
She was authorized to form a new cabinet after parliament dismissed the coalition government headed by former prime minister Janez Jansa in February 2013.
She declined to talk about her next step after resignation. It was speculated that she might form a new party.
Slovenian PM threatens to resign before early election
LJUBLJANA, April 29 (Xinhua) -- Slovenian Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek said here on Tuesday that she would "absolutely resign immediately" if a snap election is called before summer.
Bratusek made the remarks days after she failed to be elected as president of Positive Slovenia, one of the ruling parties in a coalition government. Full story