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Feri Horvat (born 26 September 1941) is a Slovenian manager and politician, and one of the founders of the United List of Social Democrats, now known as the Social Democrats. Between June and October 2004, he served as Chairman of the Slovenian National Assembly.
He was born as Franc Horvat in a Slovene Lutheran family in the village of Kuštanovci in the Prekmurje region of eastern Slovenia (then part of the Horthy's Hungary). He studied economy at the University of Maribor. In the 1960s and 1970s, he served as director of several Slovenian companies, both in the industrial and financial sector. Between 1988 and 1991, he served as Secretary for Tourism and Commerce in the Federal Government of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. During this period, he was a staunch supporter of the economic reforms of the Yugoslav Prime Minister Ante Marković, aimed at introducing the market system in the Yugoslav economy.
After the dissolution of Yugoslavia in 1991, Horvat returned to Slovenia, where he was among the co-founders of the United List of Social Democrats, a left wing party which was established by the merger of the former League of Communists of Slovenia and other minor leftist parties. In 1992, he was elected to the Slovenian National Assembly (the lower house of the Parliament of Slovenia). He covered several important functions in the parliamentary work. In June 2004, he was elected Chairman of the National Assembly, thus substituting Borut Pahor who had been elected to the European Parliament. He held this position until the Slovenian parliamentary elections of 2004, when he was replaced by France Cukjati, member of the winning Slovenian Democratic Party.
|President of the National Assembly of Slovenia
June 2004 – October 2004