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Marjan Šarec

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Marjan Šarec
Šarec in 2022
Minister of Defence
Assumed office
1 June 2022
Prime MinisterRobert Golob
Preceded byMatej Tonin
Prime Minister of Slovenia
In office
13 September 2018 – 13 March 2020
PresidentBorut Pahor
DeputyMiro Cerar
Alenka Bratušek
Karl Erjavec
Jernej Pikalo
Andrej Bertoncelj
Preceded byMiro Cerar
Succeeded byJanez Janša
President of the List of Marjan Šarec
In office
31 May 2014 – 27 June 2022
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Personal details
Born (1977-12-02) 2 December 1977 (age 46)
Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, Yugoslavia
(now Slovenia)
Political partyList of Marjan Šarec
Freedom Movement
EducationUniversity of Ljubljana
WebsiteOfficial website

Marjan Šarec (born 2 December 1977) is a Slovenian politician, actor and comedian who served as prime minister of Slovenia from 2018 to 2020. He has served as the minister of defence in the government of Prime Minister Robert Golob since 1 June 2022.

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] On 27 January 2020 he announced his resignation as Prime Minister.

Education and early career in comedy[edit]

Marjan Šarec commenced his education by joining Marija Vera primary school in Duplica neighbourhood of Kamnik. Subsequently, he enrolled in a vocational course at the High School for Woodcraft in Ljubljana.[2] After graduating from high school in 1996 and following the advice of director Marjan Bevk, Šarec graduated as an actor from the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (part of the University of Ljubljana) 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.[3] 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.[4][5] He was also working as a journalist and editor.[6]

Political career[edit]

Local politics[edit]

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.[4] 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.[6] After becoming an elected official, Šarec retired his stage personas and became fully committed to the work of the mayor.[7]

Presidential campaign[edit]

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".[4] 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.[8][4] 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.[9][10]

Prime Minister of Slovenia[edit]

Šarec with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, 19 October 2018

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.[11] 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]

On 27 January 2020, Šarec resigned from the post, following the resignation of the Minister of Finance, who resigned because of the proposed changes to the health-related legislation.[12][13]


  1. ^ a b STA (17 August 2018). "FOTO:Šarec: Očitno nekdo želi, da se mučim naprej". www.delo.si.
  2. ^ "Video: Šarec komaj izdelal lesarsko šolo, toliko popravnih je imel! :: Slovenske Novice". Slovenske Novice. Retrieved 2020-02-17.
  3. ^ "Video: Kvajdej poj, babe zoprne! :: Prvi interaktivni multimedijski portal, MMC RTV Slovenija". Rtvslo.si. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  4. ^ a b c d "Portret tedna: Marjan Šarec". Delo.si. 2 June 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  5. ^ Vukelić, Majda (31 May 2017). "Marjan Šarec za predsednika države". Delo.si. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  6. ^ a b "Župan | Občina Kamnik". Kamnik.si. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  7. ^ Oznake (31 May 2017). "Večer – Marjan Šarec za predsednika: Strici iz ozadja so izgovor šibkih". Vecer.com. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  8. ^ "Na predsedniško mesto bi se radi zavihteli tudi estradniki :: Prvi interaktivni multimedijski portal, MMC RTV Slovenija". Rtvslo.si. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  9. ^ "MMCživo: Volilni dan v sliki in besedi". Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Pahor zmagal v šestih volilnih enotah, Šarec v dveh". Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  11. ^ http://volitve.gov.si/dz2018/#/rezultati [bare URL]
  12. ^ "Odstopil premier Šarec".
  13. ^ "Po Šarčevem odstopu: Prvaki strank o scenarijih razpleta najnovejše politične krize".
Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Slovenia
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of Defence