Slovenia appoints a woman as chief of military for 1st time
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia's government on Tuesday appointed a female officer as the head of the armed forces, a first for the small country which is a member of NATO and the European Union.
Maj. Gen. Alenka Ermenc, 55, will formally take up her post as the Chief of the General Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces at a ceremony on Wednesday, when she will also become the only woman to currently hold the top armed forces post among the NATO countries.
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenian lawmakers will convene next week for the first time since an election earlier this month which saw a right-wing party make strong gains.
President Borut Pahor on Friday scheduled the inaugural session of Slovenia's newly-elected parliament for June 22, paving the way for the formation of a future government.
None of the parties won an outright majority in the 90-member assembly in the June 3 vote, meaning that a coalition government has to be formed.
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia's leading right-wing politician, whose party won most votes at last weekend's parliamentary election, said Thursday he will try to form a coalition government even though most parliamentary groups have ruled out an alliance with him.
Former prime minister Janez Jansa met with President Borut Pahor, who formally appoints the prime minister-designate in the small European Union nation.
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia's president said Monday he will offer a mandate to form the government to a right-wing opposition leader whose party won most votes at weekend parliamentary elections in the European Union nation.
Borut Pahor said that former prime minister Janez Jansa should be given a chance to gather a parliamentary majority after his anti-immigrant Slovenian Democratic Party won some 25 percent of the vote on Sunday.
MIAMI (AP) — Goran Dragic is going back to his native Slovenia in a few weeks for the summer. There's a couple of weddings the Miami Heat guard needs to attend, a trip scheduled with his wife to Paris for a fashion show and probably even some pickup basketball to remind his friends that he's an NBA All-Star and they aren't.
Slovenia to hold parliamentary election on June 3
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia's president has set early parliamentary elections for June 3 after the prime minister resigned last month.
Borut Pahor on Saturday also formally signed a decree dissolving parliament to pave the way for the vote.
Pahor called an early vote because Prime Minister Miro Cerar stepped down unexpectedly over a top court's ruling in a key railway project.
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia's president has proposed a snap parliamentary election in May after the prime minister unexpectedly resigned.
The election would normally be due in June, but President Borut Pahor said after meeting outgoing Prime Minister Miro Cerar on Thursday that a vote now should be held a little earlier.
Slovenia urges Kosovo to ratify border deal with Montenegro
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Slovenia's president has urged Kosovo to ratify a border deal with Montenegro and to respect the agreements reached with Serbia during EU-mediated negotiations.
While visiting Kosovo on Monday, Slovenian President Borut Pahor said resolving bilateral issues would help Kosovo and the other Western Balkan countries progress toward their integration into the European Union.
Slovenia’s president wins second term in runoff election
BLED, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia's President Borut Pahor was re-elected to a second term Sunday after winning a runoff election against a former comedian who currently serves as the mayor of a northern town.
Pahor, 54, a veteran politician known as the "King of Instagram" for his frequent use of social media, won 53 percent of the vote to challenger Marjan Sarec's 47 percent, results from Slovenian election authorities showed after a completed preliminary count.
The Latest: Voter turnout for Slovenia race a record low
BLED, Slovenia (AP) — The Latest on Slovenia's presidential runoff on Sunday (all times local):
Slovenia's official STA news agency says the voter turnout of less than 42 percent in the presidential election runoff is the lowest since Slovenia gained independence.
Election authorities said that 41.74 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in Sunday's election. STA says participation in a presidential race has never been lower since Slovenia split from the former Yugoslavia in 1991.
Slovenia’s president faces former actor in runoff vote
BLED, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia is holding a runoff presidential election on Sunday that is pitting President Borut Pahor against challenger Marjan Sarec, a former actor who is the mayor of the northern town of Kamnik.
Pahor, a veteran politician, has been favored to win after leading the vote by a large margin in the first round of balloting on Oct. 22. But analysts say it could be a tight race: Sarec has already surprised Pahor by forcing a runoff, and has narrowed the gap since the first round.
Slovenia’s president wins most votes, but faces runoff
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia's President Borut Pahor, a former model and veteran politician known for his use of social media, won the most votes in a presidential election Sunday, but will face a runoff against an ambitious challenger.
A near-complete vote count showed Pahor received 47 percent of Sunday's vote. His closest rival, Marjan Sarec, a former comedian who is mayor of the northern town of Kamnik, had 25 percent.
Slovenia: Instagram-loving incumbent leads presidential race
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia, the Alpine home country of Melania Trump, is holding a presidential election Sunday that incumbent President Borut Pahor — a former fashion model, like the U.S. first lady — is favored to win. Eight other candidates are vying for the largely ceremonial, but still influential head of state post. Opinion polls show Pahor, a veteran politician who gave up modeling long ago, could win a majority of votes and avoid a runoff election two weeks later.
9 candidates seeking Slovenian presidency in vote next month
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia's election authorities say nine candidates will be competing in the country's presidential election next month, including the incumbent and an ex-comedian.
The State Election Commission on Thursday confirmed the candidacy of President Borut Pahor, who is expected to win a second term in office.
Slovenia to hold presidential election in October
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — The next presidential election in Slovenia will be held on Oct. 22 and the incumbent is expected to run for a second term.
Parliamentary speaker Milan Brglez on Friday formally set the date for the vote which must be held in the autumn. Recent opinion polls predict that President Borut Pahor will likely be re-elected if he chooses to run.
The 53-year-old Pahor is a former fashion model who has become known for his use of social media while in office.
Forget Trump; Slovenian president rules Instagram
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Donald Trump may rule Twitter, but he's no match for his Slovenian counterpart on Instagram.
Borut Pahor, who is known as "Barbie" and along with Melania Trump is Slovenia's other former fashion model making international headlines, has been actively using social media to get his message across.
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia's president said Monday his invitation to host a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin still stands despite the talk of the Kremlin's meddling in the American elections.
Borut Pahor told The Associated Press that a "tradition" of first meetings between U.S. and Russian presidents in the small Alpine state shouldn't be discarded — and Slovenia is also the U.S. first lady's native land.
Putin hails Slovenia’s offer to host his meeting with Trump
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin thanked Slovenia on Friday for offering to host his first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, but added that the prospect hinges on Washington.
The Russian leader hailed Slovenia, where Trump's wife Melania was born and grew up, as an "excellent" venue for possible talks with Trump.
"It depends not only on us, but we are naturally ready for it," he said.