Slovenia pres. says right-wing leader to try form government

Slovenia pres. says right-wing leader to try form government
Janez Jansa, right-wing opposition Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) leader, center, accompanied by his wife Urska arrives in his party headquarters in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Sunday, June 3, 2018. A right-wing opposition party led by Jansa won the most votes in Slovenia's parliamentary election on Sunday, but not enough to form a government on its own, early results after Sunday's vote showed. (AP Photo)

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia’s president says 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 Monday 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.

Other parties that have made it into the 90-member parliament have ruled out a coalition with Jansa because of his extremist position. They are more likely to form a centrist coalition.

Pahor says: “I am not obliged to award the mandate to the relative winner of the election, but I will do so because I strongly believe in democracy.”