Bratusek faces a fight to cross the 4-percent threshold to enter parliament, testimony to the hostility her proposed spending cuts and state sell-offs stirred among traditional leftist Slovenians. Bratusek resigned in May, having lost the leadership of her party, and called a halt last week to all privatizations pending the formation of a new government, which is unlikely before mid-September. “MUDDLE THROUGH” Cerar says he supports a plan to cut Slovenia’s budget deficit to three percent of national output by the end of next year, to cut red tape, liberalize the economy and reduce the state’s roughly 50-percent stake in the economy. But he has told Reuters he will oppose the sale of companies deemed strategic to the country, among them telecoms operator Telekom Slovenia and airport Aerodrom Ljubljana. He says he will support the sale of No.
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