Slovenia: government wins confidence vote

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Slovenia’s coalition government has won an important confidence vote after a 19-hour debate in parliament on Friday over its efforts to avert an international bailout.

The ‘Yes’ vote in parliament, by 50 to 31, shores up political backing for Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek’s disparate alliance as the republic struggles with its biggest crisis since it broke away from Yugoslavia 22 years ago.

But Slovenia may still need to seek EU and IMF aid if an external stress test shows it has not budgeted enough to resolve the country’s bank crisis.

Those test results are due in a month.