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Parliament of Slovenia

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Parliament of Slovenia

Slovenian Parliament
Slovenski parlament
Type Incompletely Bicameral
Houses National Assembly
National Council
Seats 174 members
90 members (of which 1 is representing Italian and 1 Hungarian minority)
40 councilors
Meeting place
National Assembly Building Ljubljana

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The Slovenian Parliament (Slovene: Slovenski parlament) is the informal designation of the general representative body of the Slovenian nation and the legislative body of the Republic of Slovenia.

According to the Constitution of Slovenia, the general representative body of the Slovenian nation is the National Assembly. The general public in Slovenia often designates the National Assembly as the Slovenian Parliament.[1] However, a minor part of the legislative power resides also in the National Council, the representative body of basic social groups.[2]

The opinions of experts and general Slovenian public on whether the Slovenian Parliament is bicameral or unicameral differ, although the majority considers it distinctively incompletely bicameral.[3][4] In 2008, the Constitutional Court of Slovenia recognized the Slovenian Parliament as incompletely bicameral.[5]

According to the June 2012 statement by France Bučar, one of the founding fathers of Slovenian democracy and independence, the democracy in Slovenia is very weak, with the power concentrated in the hands of a few people, as in the time of the Socialist Republic of Slovenia before 1991, and the Slovenian Parliament is only a formal institution.[6]


Main article: National Assembly Building of the Republic of Slovenia

The National Assembly and the National Council convene in a modernist palace named "Slovenian Parliament" in the Republic Square, Ljubljana. It was built between 1954 and 1959 by the architect Vinko Glanz. An unrealized project for the Slovenian Parliament, designed by the architect Jože Plečnik in the late 1940s, features on the Slovenian euro coins.


See also

External links

  • National Assembly
  • National Council

Coordinates: 46°03′06″N 14°30′04″E / 46.05167°N 14.50111°E / 46.05167; 14.50111

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