Slovenia's centre-left coalition nominates Marjan Sarec for PM
The nomination is expected to end Slovenia's longest political stalemate since an election.
The anti-immigrant Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) of former Prime Minister Janez Jansa, the strongest single party in the parliament with 25 seats, could not find a coalition partner to form the government.
Under Slovenian law, lawmakers may nominate candidates for prime minister if the president fails to name a candidate because no party holds a majority in parliament.
The parliament is due to vote on Sarec's nomination on Aug. 17. He would need the support of an absolute majority -- at least 46 out of 90 parliamentary members -- to be elected.
The coalition also expects to get the backing of the Left party, though it earlier said it would not participate in the government.
One of the first tasks of the new government would be to start the sale of Slovenia's largest bank, state-owned Nova Ljubljanska Banka. Slovenia has committed to sell a 75 percent stake in NLB in exchange for European Commission approval of state aid to the bank in 2013.
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