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Tonin resigns, Židan appointed new speaker

Ljubljana, 23 August - Dejan Židan, the 50-year-old leader of the Social Democrats, was appointed the 13th speaker of Slovenia's National Assembly on Thursday, after interim Speaker Matej Tonin of the conservative New Slovenia (NSi) resigned in line with an agreement made beforehand with the emerging centre-left coalition.

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New parliamentary Speaker Dejan Židan of the SocDems (right) and his predecessor Matej Tonin of the NSi.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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New parliamentary Speaker Dejan Židan of the SocDems.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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New parliamentary Speaker Dejan Židan of the SocDems.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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New parliamentary Speaker Dejan Židan of the SocDems.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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The National Assembly's new leadership - Deputy Speaker Jože Tanko of the opposition SDS, Speaker Dejan Židan of the SocDems and Deputy Speaker Tina Heferle of the Marjan Šarec List (LMŠ).
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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The National Assembly's new leadership - Deputy Speaker Jože Tanko of the opposition SDS, Speaker Dejan Židan of the SocDems and Deputy Speaker Tina Heferle of the Marjan Šarec List (LMŠ).
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

Ljubljana
The National Assembly's new leadership - Deputy Speaker Jože Tanko of the opposition SDS, Speaker Dejan Židan of the SocDems and Deputy Speaker Tina Heferle of the Marjan Šarec List (LMŠ).
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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New parliamentary Speaker Dejan Židan of the SocDems (right) and his predecessor Matej Tonin of the NSi.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

Ljubljana
New parliamentary Speaker Dejan Židan of the SocDems (right) and his predecessor Matej Tonin of the NSi.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

Ljubljana
New parliamentary Speaker Dejan Židan of the SocDems (right) and his predecessor Matej Tonin of the NSi.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

Ljubljana
New parliamentary Speaker Dejan Židan of the SocDems (right) and his predecessor Matej Tonin of the NSi.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

Ljubljana
New parliamentary Speaker Dejan Židan of the SocDems.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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New parliamentary Speaker Dejan Židan of the SocDems.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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New parliamentary Speaker Dejan Židan of the SocDems.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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Karla Urh of the Marjan Šarec List (LMŠ), who will replace Marjan Šarec as MP after he was appointed prime minister-designate.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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Matej Tonin of the New Slovenia (NSi) steps down as interim parliamentary speaker.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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Matej Tonin of the New Slovenia (NSi) steps down as interim parliamentary speaker.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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SD leader Dejan Židan (right) coming to the session of the National Assembly before he was appointed parliamentary speaker.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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SD leader Dejan Židan (right) coming to the session of the National Assembly before he was appointed parliamentary speaker.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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Matej Tonin (left) addressing the National Assembly with SD leader Dejan Židan (centre) looking on.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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Matej Tonin (left) addressing the National Assembly with SD leader Dejan Židan looking on.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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Deputy speaker Tina Heferle of the Marjan Šarec List (LMŠ) chairing the parliamentary session after interim Speaker Matej Tonin of the NSi spets down.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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Matej Tonin of the New Slovenia (NSi) steps down as interim parliamentary speaker.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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MP Tina Heferle of the Marjan Šarec List (LMŠ) addressing the press after being elected a deputy speaker.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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MP Tina Heferle of the Marjan Šarec List (LMŠ) addressing the press after being elected a deputy speaker.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

Ljubljana
Matej Tonin of the New Slovenia (NSi) steps down as interim parliamentary speaker.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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