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Marjan Šarec (born 2 December 1977) is a Slovenian politician, actor and comedian serving as the 9th and current Prime Minister of Slovenia since 2018.

Marjan Šarec
Marjan Šarec in Logatec 2017.jpg
9th Prime Minister of Slovenia
Assumed office
13 September 2018
PresidentBorut Pahor
DeputyMiro Cerar
Alenka Bratušek
Karl Erjavec
Jernej Pikalo
Andrej Bertoncelj
Preceded byMiro Cerar
President of the List of Marjan Šarec
Assumed office
31 May 2014
Preceded byPosition established
Personal details
Born (1977-12-02) 2 December 1977 (age 42)
Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, Yugoslavia
(now Slovenia)
Political partyList of Marjan Šarec
EducationUniversity of Ljubljana
WebsiteOfficial website

He started his career as a comedian and satirist, before entering politics. Elected twice as Mayor of Kamnik (2010–2018), Šarec ran in the 2017 presidential election, narrowly losing to the incumbent Borut Pahor in the run-off. He entered the National Assembly in the parliamentary election of 2018 with his party, the List of Marjan Šarec. On 17 August 2018, he became Prime Minister of Slovenia.[1]

Early career in comedyEdit

After finishing high school in 1996, Šarec graduated as an actor from the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in 2001. In the following years, he was actively involved with the Slovenian National television, appearing in Sašo Hribar 's radio show Radio Ga-Ga and TV show Hri-bar. Šarec was mostly working as a comedian and political satirist. During this time, his famous stage persona was Ivan Serpentinšek, a grouchy rural character from Upper Carniola.[2] He also imitated several famous people, including former president of Slovenia Janez Drnovšek, Karel Erjavec, Osama bin Laden, Fidel Castro, Anton Rop, Jelko Kacin, Janez Janša, Andrej Bajuk, and others.[3][4] He was also working as a journalist and editor.[5]

Political careerEdit

Local politicsEdit

In the 2010 local election, Šarec ran for office of mayor of Kamnik, a town in north-central Slovenia. In a rare case among Slovenian media personalities who attempted to enter national or local politics, Šarec was successful. After finishing second in the first round, he narrowly won the runoff.[3] After being a member of Zoran Janković's Positive Slovenia party, Šarec entered the 2014 local election with his own political list and was reelected in the first round with almost two thirds of the vote.[5] After becoming an elected official, Šarec retired his stage personas and became fully committed to the work of the mayor.[6]

Presidential campaignEdit

In May 2017, Šarec announced he would run in the upcoming presidential election, to take place on October 22. Despite the media reminding him of his acting career, Šarec stated he was completely serious about the candidacy, as "the function of the president should be treated as a serious one".[3] Criticizing the incumbent president Borut Pahor for treating the presidential function as a celebrity, Šarec was viewed as a potentially strong candidate, one who could attract the younger generation of voters and voters leaning towards the left side of political spectrum.[7][3] In the first round of the election, Šarec won 25% of the vote, resulting in a run-off against Pahor on 12 November, in which he narrowly lost.[8][9]

Prime Minister of SloveniaEdit

In June 2018, Šarec participated in the parliamentary election with the List of Marjan Šarec. The party won 12.6% of the vote, resulting in 13 MPs.[10] LMŠ became the second biggest party in the National Assembly. On 17 August 2018, he was elected as the new head of government, leading the 13th Government of Slovenia.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b STA (17 August 2018). "FOTO:Šarec: Očitno nekdo želi, da se mučim naprej". www.delo.si.
  2. ^ "Video: Kvajdej poj, babe zoprne! :: Prvi interaktivni multimedijski portal, MMC RTV Slovenija". Rtvslo.si. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  3. ^ a b c d "Portret tedna: Marjan Šarec". Delo.si. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  4. ^ "Marjan Šarec za predsednika države". Delo.si. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  5. ^ a b "Župan | Občina Kamnik". Kamnik.si. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  6. ^ Oznake. "Večer – Marjan Šarec za predsednika: Strici iz ozadja so izgovor šibkih". Vecer.com. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  7. ^ "Na predsedniško mesto bi se radi zavihteli tudi estradniki :: Prvi interaktivni multimedijski portal, MMC RTV Slovenija". Rtvslo.si. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  8. ^ "MMCživo: Volilni dan v sliki in besedi". Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Pahor zmagal v šestih volilnih enotah, Šarec v dveh". Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  10. ^ http://volitve.gov.si/dz2018/#/rezultati