Zares – Social Liberals
Published 25th November, 2011
Zares – Social Liberals or more usually referred to as Zares was founded in 2007 as the result of the post 2004 demise of the Liberal Democracy of Slovenia (LDS). Prior to October 2011 the party was known as Zares – New Politics. The party describes itself as centre-left and believes in social liberalism.
Zares came into existence when six members of the Liberal Democracy of Slovenia (LDS) left their party and formed a new parliamentary group within the National Assembly.
In the 2008 election Zares won six of the 90 seats in the National Assembly with 9.37% of the vote, the third largest party in parliament. After the election they joined the Social Democrats (SD) coalition government led by Prime Minister Borut Pahor, but in July 2011 they left the coalition and voted against it in a no confidence vote which led to a general election.
Zares – Social Liberals is an observer member of the Liberal International and is a member of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party. In the European Parliament where it has one of the seven national seats it is a member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.