Slovenia's upcoming cabinet youthful, with five women

Ljubljana,  - Slovenia's premier-designate Borit Pahor presented a youthful, 18-minister cabinet to the nation's parliament on Friday.

The 45-year-old Pahor in addition proposed to introduce five women to the government and handing two of them the important ministries of interior and defence.

He has nominated the 35-year-old lawyer and Liberal Party chief Katarina Kresal as interior minister and defence expert Ljubica Jelisic, 45, as defence minister.

The four-way coalition led by Pahor's Social Democrats, won 59 of the 90 seats in the Slovenian parliament in September elections and is expected to easily pass the new cabinet in the confidence vote next Friday.

Pahor replaces conservative Janez Jansa, who presided over Slovenia's switch to the euro and the country's EU presidency in the first half of 2008. (dpa)