Slovenia's government faces confidence vote

By the Associated Press | September 20, 2011 | 6:05 AM EDT

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia's government could collapse in a confidence vote that could push the euro-zone country into political instability amid Europe's debt crisis.

Prime Minister Borut Pahor urged the lawmakers on Tuesday to support his minority Cabinet rather than go for an early ballot. He said the government fall would paralyze the country at a time when it needs to deal with the crisis.

The political deadlock could jeopardize Slovenia's contribution to the European rescue fund. The small Alpine country has already demanded cash as collateral for its contributions to the fund.

Pahor's leftist government faces criticism over alleged corruption and mishandling of Slovenia's economy. Several ministers have left the government before Pahor called the confidence vote.