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Alenka Bratušek
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Bratušek in 2018
Prime Minister of Slovenia
In office
20 March 2013 – 18 September 2014
President Borut Pahor
Preceded by Janez Janša
Succeeded by Miro Cerar
Deputy Prime Minister of Slovenia
In office
13 September 2018 – 13 March 2020
Serving with Miro Cerar, Karl Erjavec, Andrej Bertoncelj, & Jernej Pikalo
President Borut Pahor
Prime Minister Marjan Šarec
Preceded by Karl Erjavec
Dejan Židan
Boris Koprivnikar
Succeeded by Zdravko Počivalšek
Matej Tonin
Aleksandra Pivec
Minister of Infrastructure
In office
13 September 2018 – 13 March 2020
President Borut Pahor
Prime Minister Marjan Šarec
Preceded by Peter Gašperšič
Succeeded by Jernej Vrtovec
Leader of Positive Slovenia
In office
17 January 2013 – 25 April 2014
Preceded by Zoran Janković
Succeeded by Zoran Janković
Personal details
Born (1970-03-31) 31 March 1970 (age 53)
Celje, SR Slovenia, Yugoslavia (now Slovenia)
Political party Liberal Democracy (before 2008)
Zares (2008–2010)
Hermina Krt's List (2010–2011)
Positive Slovenia (2011–2014)
Party of Alenka Bratušek (2014–2022)
Freedom Movement (2022–present)
Residence(s) Kranj, Slovenia
Alma mater University of Ljubljana

Alenka Bratušek (pronounced [aˈleːŋka ˈbɾaːtuʃək];[needs tone] born 31 March 1970) is a Slovenian politician. She was Prime Minister of Slovenia from March 2013 until May 2014, the first woman in Slovenia to hold this position. She was president pro tempore of the Positive Slovenia party from January 2013 until April 2014. On 5 May 2014, Bratušek submitted her resignation as prime minister.


Bratušek was born in Celje. She studied at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology at the University of Ljubljana. Continuing her studies at the University of Ljubljana, she went on to obtain a master's degree in management at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Before entering politics, she served for six years as head of the Directorate for the State Budget at the Ministry of Finance.

In March 2013, an anonymous person criticized Bratušek because she had not cited a source on one page of her master's thesis. Her work has 88 pages with 34 listed sources, but journalists only counted 11 that had been cited; among them were also internal documents of the company Javni gospodarski zavod Brdo, where she was member and later chair of the management board. Slovenske novice journalists also went through her work and wrote that Bratušek plagiarized one page from the work of another author (regarding Gøsta Esping-Andersen's classification of welfare) without proper citation. Her alma mater, the Faculty of Social Sciences, started an investigation regarding alleged plagiarism. The investigating commission concluded that "Bratušek in her master's thesis had used works of other authors contrary to current citation methods, but based on critically evaluation of collected material and sources it can not be expertly and scientifically established that the thesis is not a result of her work."

Family life

Bratušek lives with her partner in Kranj. She has a son and a daughter. Her son, Oskar Cvjetičanin, is a footballer and plays for Southampton academy.

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