Sloveniaâ€™s president on Wednesday formally set the countryâ€™s parliamentary election for April 24.
The election will serve as a reelection campaign for hard-right Slovenian Prime Minister Janez JanÅ¡a, a frequent thorn in the EUâ€™s side. While JanÅ¡aâ€™s Slovenian Democratic Party currently leads at 24 percent in the polls, according to POLITICOâ€™s Poll of Polls, the center-left, environmentalist Freedom Movement has surged to 20 percent in recent months.
President Borut PahorÂ announced the election date on Twitter.
Sloveniaâ€™s fragmented party landscape means smaller parties could play a critical role by lending their support to a coalition government. Currently, opposition parties are collectively outperforming JanÅ¡aâ€™s minority government parties in the polls, but potential coalition agreements make the outcome hard to predict.
The election campaign officially starts on March 24.