Slovenia govt' formally ends term after leader resigns

Slovenia's government has formally ended its term after the prime minister unexpectedly resigned last week.

Parliament on Tuesday formally acknowledged the resignation of Miro Cerar, marking the end of his government's mandate. The government will remain as a caretaker Cabinet until a new one is elected.

Cerar resigned after Slovenia's top court annulled a referendum on a key government-backed railway project. He has said he stepped down to protect the country from pressure from interest groups.

Cerar says "the events of recent weeks were no longer in the interest of Slovenia's prosperity."

Cerar's government has faced a wave of public sector strikes and protests.

The small EU nation was to hold regular elections in June but its president has now suggested a snap vote a few weeks earlier.