|New Slovenia – Christian People's Party
Nova Slovenija – krščanska ljudska stranka
|Founded||4 August 2000|
|International affiliation||Centrist Democrat International|
|European affiliation||European People's Party|
|European Parliament group||European People's Party|
|Politics of Slovenia
The New Slovenia – Christian People's Party or simply New Slovenia, NSi (Slovene: Nova Slovenija – krščanska ljudska stranka, or only Nova Slovenija) is a Christian democratic and conservative political party in Slovenia. Since 2008, it is led by Ljudmila Novak. The party was formed on 4 August 2000 following a split in the unified Slovenian People's Party and Slovene Christian Democrats (SLS+SKD) party. NSi is a member of the European People's Party (EPP) and in the European Parliament its MEP Lojze Peterle sits with the EPP Group. NSi won 4.88% of the vote at the early 2011 Slovenian parliamentary election on 4 December 2011, thus gaining 4 seats in the National Assembly.
In July 2000, Andrej Bajuk, by the time Prime Minister of a centre-right coalition, and other centrist Christian democrats disagreed with the rest of the Slovenian People's Party (SLS+SKD) over the question of a new electoral system. While Bajuk wanted the National Assembly to abandon proportional representation, the SLS+SKD party voted against any changes. Therefore, Bajuk retired from the party and created New Slovenia as his prime ministerial vehicle. Other former members of the Slovene Christian Democrats opposed to the merger of SKD and SLS, followed the foundation appeal. At elections in October 2000, the new party won 8.6% and eight seats. Thereupon, Bajuk resigned as Prime Minister and New Slovenia went into opposition.
New Slovenia has taken a staunchly Christian conservative position on some issues, advocating traditional social values and defending the position of the Catholic Church on moral questions. It has also been opposed to same sex marriage and adoption by same sex couples, although it does support (and it also voted for) the current legislation, which gives certain rights to registered same sex couples.
From 2004 to 2008, New Slovenia was part of the centre-right coalition led by Prime Minister Janez Janša.
At the 2008 legislative elections, the party won only 3.4% of the popular vote and did not win any seats in the 90-seat National Assembly. After the elective failure of 2008, Bajuk announced his immediate resignation and retirement from politics. Ljudmila Novak succeeded him as party president.
- Andrej Bajuk (deceased in 2011)
- Lojze Peterle
- Ljudmila Novak
- Lovro Šturm
- Jure Zupan
- Mojca Kucler Dolinar
- Janez Drobnič (left the party in 2008)
- Andrej Capuder
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