Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Janez Janša

Ivan Janša (born 17 September 1958), baptised and most known by the name Janez Janša, is a Slovenian politician who has been Prime Minister of Slovenia since February 2012. He previously served as Prime Minister from 2004 to 2008, and he has been President of the Slovenian Democratic Party since 1993. Janša was Minister of Defense from 1990 to 1994, holding that post during the Slovenian War of Independence (June–July 1991).

Youth and Education
Born as Ivan Janša to a Roman Catholic working-class family of Grosuplje, he was called Janez (a version of the same name, known as John in English) since childhood. His father was a former member of the Slovenian Home Guard from Dbrova near Ljubljana who had escaped Communist retaliation due to his young age. Janez Janša graduated from the University of Ljubljana with a degree in defence studies in 1982, and became a trainee in the Defence Secretariate of the Socialist Republic of Slovenia. In his younger years, he was a member of the League of Communists and one of the leaders of its youth wing. He became president of the Committee for Basic People's Defence and Social Self-Protection of the Alliance of Socialist Youth of Slovenia (ZSMS).

Personal Life
Janša is an active mountaineer, golfer, footballer, skier and snowboarder. Apart from his native Slovene, he is fluent in Serbo-Croatian, English, and French.

Since July 2009, Janša has been married to the doctor of medicine Urška Bačovnik from Velenje. The two had been dating since 2006. In August 2011, their son Črtomir was born.

Before his marriage with Urška Bačovnik, Janša was in a long-term relationship with Silva Predalič, who bore him two children, a son and a daughter, both currently students.

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