“Marjan Sarec, runner-up in Slovenia’s inconclusive elections, has already approached other political leaders to join him in a six-party ruling coalition that would exclude nationalist winner Janez Jansa.

Sarec, a former comedian who shot to fame in a failed presidential bid last year, has already held meetings with outgoing Premier Miro Cerar, Social Democrat leader Dejan Zidan and a party led by former Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek, Sarec’s spokeswoman Nika Vrhovnik said by phone Monday. Sarec sent them and other party leaders a letter of intent “to see if there is interest” in building a six-party ruling pact.” (Bloomberg)