“Slovenia’s comedian-turned-mayor Marjan Sarec expects to receive a mandate next week to form the euro-zone country’s next government and break a political deadlock following inconclusive June elections.

Sarec’s list, along with four other parties, will nominate him as prime minister to parliament Wednesday, with a vote planned for Aug. 13. Runner-up in the election, he’s trying to create a minority coalition with the parties of former Prime Ministers Miro Cerar and Alenka Bratusek, as well as the Social Democrats, the Ljubljana-based Delo newspaper reported, citing Sarec. The coalition will also receive the tacit support of the leftist Levica party, which won’t officially take part in the future cabinet.” (Bloomberg)