Slovenia parliament confirms Jansa as prime minister

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Posted: Jan 28, 2012 12:03 PM
Slovenia parliament confirms Jansa as prime minister

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - The Slovenian parliament confirmed conservative Janez Jansa as the euro zone member's new prime minister Saturday, almost two months after an inconclusive December 4 election, parliamentary speaker Gregor Virant said.

Jansa has 15 days to propose a cabinet which will be tasked with driving economic growth and introducing reforms to stop the country's credit rating from being cut. The cabinet must also be confirmed by parliament, in which Jansa's five-party coalition has a solid majority.

Jansa, who was prime minister from 2004 to 2008, has promised to boost economic growth by cutting key taxes and red tape. He also plans to cut spending and the budget deficit, raise the retirement age and speed up privatization.

(Reporting By Marja Novak; Editing by Ben Harding)