Once a satirist who impersonated prominent politicians, Marjan Sarec has taken the helm of a largely centrist government — a rare phenomenon, at least recently, in
Sarec, who has become
Enacting too many reforms is not going to be easy in that environment and that could potentially lead to disgruntlement in a country of just 2 million people.
The tight parliamentary arithmetic was evident Thursday when the new government was narrowly endorsed. Only half the 90-member backed the government, just enough to keep away from power the anti-immigrant allies of
Analysts warned it is too early to say whether the elevation of a moderate government spells a turning point in the region.
“At stake now is
The success of the new government could depend heavily on whether Sarec, who gave up a successful acting career when he first entered politics, proves he is up to the task.
Sarec served twice as the mayor of his native Kamnik, in central
“It is easier to observe from the side and criticize than to do something,” Sarec said Thursday in parliament. “It is time to start working now.”
One of the mainstays of Sarec’s act was impersonating former prime minister,
With a group of young artists, Sarec hosted a satirical radio show dubbed ‘Radio Ga Ga’ that was popular throughout
“Sarec blew up a good private business when he gave up acting,” Hribar quipped.
As the new prime minister, Sarec is certain to face strong opposition from Jansa’s
However, Strajn said Sarec is a political “personality in the making,” and his readiness to compromise and his negotiating prowess to form the 5-party coalition, should serve him well.