List of Marjan Šarec

Political party in Slovenia
(2018)cca. 300[3]IdeologySocial liberalism[4]
Pro-EuropeanismPolitical positionCentre[6][7] to centre-left[8][3][9]National affiliationLMŠ–SD–Levica–SAB[10]European affiliationAlliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe PartyEuropean Parliament groupRenew

The List of Marjan Šarec[11] (Slovene: Lista Marjana Šarca, LMŠ) was a political party in Slovenia led by former Prime Minister Marjan Šarec. It merged into the Freedom Movement in the aftermath of the 2022 elections.[12]


Marjan Šarec, a former journalist, actor, and comedian,[13][14] founded the party (initially as List of Marjan Šarec – Onward Kamnik) during his first mayoral term to contest the 2014 Slovenian Local Elections[2] providing candidates for the municipal council of Kamnik. For most of Šarec's second term as mayor of Kamnik, the party was active only at the local level.[13]

Šarec contested the 2017 presidential election, advancing to the runoff but narrowly losing to incumbent President Borut Pahor.[15] After announcing his much speculated entry into parliamentary politics,[16] LMŠ swiftly topped public opinion polls, emerging as the foremost party leading into the 2018 Slovenian parliamentary election.[17][1]

In an interview with the weekly political magazine Mladina, Šarec argued against comparisons of LMŠ with Mayor Zoran Janković's Positive Slovenia and incumbent PM Miro Cerar's Modern Centre Party (SMC) which both emerged as preeminent political forces after being established just months prior to parliamentary elections. He has spoken out in favour of judicial,[3] regulatory,[3][18] procedural, and electoral reforms (including the introduction of preferential voting,[18] and raising the parliamentary threshold to achieve more stable governments[3]), rectifying the inefficient healthcare system, and doing more to address climate change (including an expansion of the Krško Nuclear Power Plant).[18] He has also expressed opposition to privatising infrastructural and strategic firms (and the complete privatisation of the banking sector), argued in favour of running a balanced budget and reducing the public debt (if this was allowed for by future economic growth), and reform of the pension system, including by promoting private pension schemes.[3] He has stated the party will be willing to politically cooperate with anyone, except for "people who are involved in any suspicious deals".[18] The party has expressed support for the complete legalisation of cannabis.[9]

On his electoral website, Šarec listed advocacy for public education and healthcare, environmental responsibility, intergenerational cooperation, transparency and meritocracy, and research and development as some of the integral components of his political vision. He also declared his unwavering support for abortion rights, called for tolerance of homosexuality, and linked true socialism with the social teachings of Jesus Christ.[19]

The party received 12.6% of the vote in the 2018 parliamentary election held on 3 June 2018, winning 13 seats in parliament.[20] The party became the largest component of the Šarec government formed on 13 September 2018, in coalition with the SMC, Social Democrats, Party of Alenka Bratušek and Democratic Party of Pensioners of Slovenia.

The LMS joined the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party on 9 November 2018.[21]

In the 2019 European election held on 26 May 2019, the LMS came in third place nationally, receiving 15.6% of the vote and electing two MEPs to the Renew Europe European Parlament group.

Electoral results

National Assembly

Election Leader Votes % Seats +/– Government
2018 Marjan Šarec 112,250 12.60 (#2)
13 / 90
Increase 13 Government 2018–20
Opposition 2020–22
2022 44,401 3.72 (#6)
0 / 90
Decrease 13 Extra-parliamentary

European Parliament

Election Leader Votes % Seats +/–
2019 Irena Joveva 73,480 15.6 (#3)
2 / 8
Increase 2


Election Candidate 1st round 2nd round Result
Votes % Votes %
2017 Marjan Šarec 186,235 24.76 334,239 46.91 Lost


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  2. ^ a b "Ustanovljena stranka Lista Marjana Šarca – naprej Kamnik". Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Slovenian PM hopeful aims to slash red tape, reform courts". Reuters. 2018-03-06. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  4. ^ Nordsieck, Wolfram (2018). "Slovenia". Parties and Elections in Europe. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  5. ^ Tom Lansford, ed. (2019). Political Handbook of the World 2018–2019. SAGE Publications. p. 6438. ISBN 978-1-5443-2711-2.
  6. ^ Hukan, Yaman Omar (30 May 2018). "Elections in Slovenia: Another Orbán?". The New Federalist. Young European Federalists. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  7. ^ Filipovic, Gordana; Kuzmanovic, Jasmina (16 August 2018). "Slovenia Gets New Prime Minister in Snub to Anti-Refugee Forces". Bloomberg. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  8. ^ Surk, Barbara (2018-03-15). "Slovenian Leader Quits After Court Blocks Key Rail Project". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  9. ^ a b "Nove stranke: bi odstranile žico na meji, bi prodale Krko ...?" (in Slovenian). Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  10. ^ "Slovenian Opposition Mulls Forming Rival 'Government' to Jansa". 9 October 2020.
  11. ^ "Slovenian PM Cerar resigns as pressure mounts ahead of election". Reuters. 2018-03-14. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  12. ^ "Članice in člani stranke LMŠ sprejeli sklep za pripojitev stranke h Gibanju Svoboda". 8 June 2022.
  13. ^ a b "Anti-elite Slovene presidential candidate seen running for..." Reuters. 2017-11-13. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  14. ^ "Portret tedna: Marjan Šarec". Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  15. ^ "Slovenia's President Pahor wins second term in close race". Reuters. 2017-11-12. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  16. ^ "Anti-elite Slovene presidential candidate seen running for..." Reuters. 2017-11-13. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  17. ^ "Party without parliamentary seats leads in Slovenia opinion poll". Reuters. 2017-12-11. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  18. ^ a b c d "Šarec aiming to enter parliament with his party in 2018". (in Slovenian). 15 December 2017. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  19. ^ "Naš načrt". Marjan Šarec (in Slovenian). Archived from the original on 2018-03-16. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  20. ^[bare URL]
  21. ^[permanent dead link]

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