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Report: Slovenian finance minister steps down

SlovenianFinance Minister Dusan Mramor resigned July 13, citing personal reasons,Reuters reported the same day.

AlenkaSmerkolj, minister for European cohesion, will take over the post until asuccessor is named, which could happen at the end of August or early September,Prime Minister Miro Cerar reportedly said at a news conference.Candidates will be nominated in the coming weeks, the prime minister added.

Analysts saidMramor's departure could impede the sale of , whichis due to be completed by 2017-end, the newswire added. Pre-marketingactivities related to the sale, which were originally planned for July, werepostponed because ofmarket volatility caused by the U.K.'s vote to leave the EU.

Theresignation prompted the opposition center-right New Slovenia Party to call foran early election, arguing that the prime minister's Modern Centre Party, whichgoverns in a coalition, is weak and will be unable to implement necessaryreforms, Reuters noted.