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Centre left takes power in Slovenia

Slovenia's parliament has voted into office a new centre-left government in the small eurozone nation that narrowly avoided bailout last year.

Prime minister Miro Cerar's government was approved today in a 54-25 vote in the 90-member assembly.

Mr Cerar's party won the July 13 election, which was called when previous premier Alenka Bratusek resigned after losing the leadership of her political party.

The new government is made up of three left-leaning parties. It has promised restrictive fiscal policies, including reduced spending and improved tax collection.

Mr Cerar told politicians that "if we do not act decisively, our grandchildren will end up paying for present wage and pension expenditures".

The previous government managed to stabilise Slovenia's ailing banks, which were at the centre of its financial crisis.

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