Borut Pahor

Former comedian appointed Slovenia's premier designate

A former comedian whose party finished second in Slovenia's parliamentary election was appointed prime minister designate on Friday.

The political novice on the national stage, Marjan Sarec, who will propose a minority government consisting of five center-left parties, was backed in a 55-31 vote in Parliament.

The leftist parties have allied to sideline the top party in the June 3 parliamentary vote, the anti-immigrant, right-wing Slovenian Democratic Party led by former prime minister Janez Jansa.

Jansa, an ally of Hungary's anti-immigrant Prime Minister Viktor Orban, has failed to win support from other parliamentary groups for a right-leaning coalition in...