LJUBLJANA, June 1 (Xinhua) -- Slovenian President Borut Pahor on Sunday dissolved parliament, and called for a snap general election on 13 July.
Pahor made the decision after the National Assembly failed to put forward a nominee for a prime minister-designate within two weeks after Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek resigned on May 8.
Bratusek offered resignation 13 months after she was in premiership. Her cabinet has turned to be a caretaker government until a new cabinet is sworn in.
Currently, the schedule of parliamentary election is still open due to technical reasons. But the chosen date is "the best" in consideration of the nation's situation, Pahor said.
He expressed hope that a new cabinet, which could be appointed in mid-September, would have opportunity to pull Slovenia out of economic crisis that has been going on for years.
Under the Constitution, a new legislature needs to be elected within two months after the dissolution of the National Assembly.
The forthcoming election will be the second of its kind in Slovenia's history when the National Assembly ends its term ahead of schedule.
The previous legislature was dissolved in October 2011, a month after voting out the government led by Borut Pahor, the then prime minister.