Alenka Bratušek

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Alenka Bratušek
Alenka Bratušek 2013-06-10.jpg
Prime Minister of Slovenia
Assumed office
20 March 2013
President Borut Pahor
Preceded by Janez Janša
Leader of Positive Slovenia
Assumed office
17 January 2013
Preceded by Zoran Janković
Personal details
Born (1970-03-31) 31 March 1970 (age 44)
Celje, Slovenia
Political party Positive Slovenia
Alma mater University of Ljubljana

Alenka Bratušek (pronounced [aˈleːŋka ˈbraːtuʃək]) (born 31 March 1970) is a Slovenian public servant who has been Prime Minister of Slovenia since March 2013, the first woman in Slovenia to hold this position.[1] Since January 2013, she has been president pro tempore of the Positive Slovenia party.[2][3]


Bratušek was born in Celje. She studied at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology at the University of Ljubljana. Continuing her studies at the university of Ljubljana, she went on to obtain a master's degree in management at the Faculty for Social Sciences. Before entering politics, she served for six years as head of the Directorate for the State Budget at the Ministry of Finance.

In March 2013, an anonymous person criticized Bratušek because she had not cited a source on one page of her master's thesis.[4] Her work has 88 pages with 34 listed sources, but journalists only counted 11 used-ones; among it were also internal documents of company Javni gospodarski zavod Brdo, where she was member and later president of Managing Board.[5] Slovenske Novice journalists also went through her work and wrote, that Bratušek plagiarized one page from work of another author (regarding Gøsta Esping-Andersen's classification of welfare) without proper citation.[6] Her Alma-mater, Faculty for Social Sciences, started an investigation regarding alleged plagiarism.[7]

Political career[edit]

In 2008, Bratušek unsuccessfully ran for Parliament on the list of the Social Liberal party Zares. In the 2011 early parliamentary elections, she was elected on the list of the Positive Slovenia party. Since 2011, she has been the chairperson of the parliamentary Committee for Budget Control.

On 17 January 2013, Bratušek was elected as president of the Positive Slovenia party after its leader and founder Zoran Janković temporarily renounced all functions in the party following allegations raised by the official Commission for the Prevention of Corruption report. [8] Also following the report, right-wing leader Janez Janša's government received a vote of no confidence.

Prime Minister[edit]

Alenka Bratušek meeting with Pope Francis

On 27 February, Bratušek was elected as the Prime Minister-designate to form a new government of Slovenia.[9] The right wing Janša's party responded by tweeting about "her government lasting no longer than her skirt's length".[10] Gregor Virant welcomed the outcome of the vote, stating that it will enable Slovenia to move forward.[11] Foreign media thought that it would be difficult for Bratušek to form a new government and questioned whether she would continue with the reforms initiated by Janša's government.[12]

A new parliamentary majority, formed by PS and Social Democrats's party was formed. On 20 March, Bratušek formed a government.[13] During her tenure, she presided over the construction of the first mosque in the country.

In seeking to avoid a financial bailout her government won a vote of confidence by 50 to 31 on 15 November.[14]

Family life[edit]

Bratušek lives in Kranj. She is living with her partner and has a son and a daughter.[15]


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  2. ^ Positive Slovenia is led by Alenka Bratušek (In Slovene: Pozitivno Slovenijo vodi mag. Alenka Bratušek), official website, news section, 17 January 2013
  3. ^ Zoran Janković is not the party's president anymore ("Zoran Janković ni več predsednik stranke"), Delo, 17 January 2013
  4. ^ With the tweezers over the Master's thesis by Alenka Bratušek (In Slovene: "S pinceto nad magisterij Bratovškove"), Delo, 26 February 2013
  5. ^ "''Je Alenka Bratušek magistrirala s kopiranjem?". 26 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Avtor: S. N. (27 February 2013). "Analiza: kako je z zvijačo magistrirala Bratuškova" (in (Slovene)). 
  7. ^ "Odziv FDV na domnevno plagiatorstvo Alenke Bratušek, 6. 3. 2013". 
  8. ^ Alenka Bratušek
  9. ^ Bratusek elected as Slovenia's new PM
  10. ^ Politics and mini-skirts, Delo, 24 February 2013
  11. ^ "Znotraj DZ-ja jasna podpora, zunaj njega odzivi mešani :: Prvi interaktivni multimedijski portal, MMC RTV Slovenija". 28 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Tuji mediji: Janša še ni rekel zadnje besede, Bratuškovo čaka težko delo :: Prvi interaktivni multimedijski portal, MMC RTV Slovenija". 
  13. ^ "Optimizem po prvih pogovorih pri Bratuškovi :: Prvi interaktivni multimedijski portal, MMC RTV Slovenija". 27 February 2013. 
  14. ^
  15. ^ Interview with Alenka Bratušek,, 11 March 2012, accessed 28 January 2013, archived by WebCite at

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Zoran Janković
Leader of Positive Slovenia
Political offices
Preceded by
Janez Janša
Prime Minister of Slovenia