Slovenian parliament approves new government

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Associated Press

Posted on March 20, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 20 at 4:07 PM

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenian lawmakers have approved a new, left-leaning government after a previous center-right administration was ousted over corruption allegations.

The new cabinet of Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek takes over amid growing discontent with austerity measures designed to help avoid an international bailout.

The cabinet includes members from multiple parties. It won support Wednesday from 52 deputies in the 90-member parliament; 35 lawmakers voted against it.

Bratusek, 42, is the first female to lead Slovenia's government since the country's secession from Yugoslavia in 1991.

Bratusek says her government aims to build "stability, trust, growth and positive effects" in the country of 2 million.

Previous Prime Minister Janez Jansa's government was removed from power in a parliamentary no-confidence vote last month after an anti-graft body accused him of corruption.

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