Slovenia election and the power of a “weak” president

The blog, Presidential Power, has a good discussion of the recent parliamentary election in Slovenia, and how the formally quite “weak” president played a role in the timing of the election.

Some background on the Slovenian ruling party’s internal splits, which triggered the whole chain of events, can be found in an earlier F&V post authored by JD.

One thought on “Slovenia election and the power of a “weak” president

  1. I must warn that the following analysis is somewhat speculative, but it seems to me that the main party instigating the election by pulling out of the government – namely, the Social Democrats (SD) – was doing so (at least partly) to strengthen their position, as the polls just before the dissolution showed them more than doubling their share of the vote and in the running for first place.

    Ironically, as a result of the entry of Miro Cerar’s party into the race just after the dissolution, SD instead lost four seats, falling to just two percentage-points above the threshold. Clearly, Cerar captured the lion’s share of SD’s prospective support.

    The election is also notable for a number of parallels with the previous one, which was also a snap election resulting in a first-place finish by a highly personalised party that had been formed just the poll.

    Have there been other cases of parties formed so close before a (parliamentary) election winning first place?

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