Slovenian People’s Party
Published 25th November, 2011
The Slovenian People’s Party or SLS was founded in 1988 as the Slovenian Peasant League (SKZ) which was renamed in 1990 the Slovenian Peasant League – People’s Party and then renamed again in 1992 to its current title. The party describes itself as conservative and believes in agrarianism and Christian democracy.
A rural based party, it was part of the DEMOS coalition government after the first multi-party elections in 1990. The government was not a great success and the parties soon fell out with each other leading to fresh elections in 1992.
In the 1992 election the party took ten seats with 8.7% of the vote and was fifth largest party in the National Assembly overall.
In the 1996 general election the SLS reached its zenith when it took 19 seats with 19.38% of the vote and was the second largest party in the National Assembly. After that its has been a gradual decline in the polls.
In 2000 they merged with the Slovene Christian Democrats (SKD) which resulted in them winning just nine seats and 9.53% of the vote. Despite this they became part of the Liberal Democracy of Slovenia (LDS) led coalition government.
That dropped further in 2004 when they fell to fifth place once more with seven seats and 6.82% of the vote. In the most recent elections in 2008 they took five seats with 5.21% of the vote in a partnership with the Youth Party of Slovenia (SMS).