LJUBLJANA – The Slovenian parliament has ousted Prime Minister Janez Janša and his conservative government amid corruption allegations and growing discontent over the country's struggling economy.

The country’s National Assembly asked opposition leader and finance expert Alenka Bratušek to form a new government, after Prime Minister Janez Janša -- whose term lasted just over a year –  was dismissed in a no-confidence vote late Wednesday, Slovenia’s news agency STA reports.

Slovenia's new PM Alenka Bratušek - Source: Wikimedia

Bratušek, 42, will become the first woman to lead Slovenia since its secession from Yugoslavia in 1991, according to BBC News. The head of the main centre-left opposition party Positive Slovenia promised on Thursday she would be able to heal its crippled economy and avoid an international bailout.

"Considering that Slovenia is still under the EU average in terms of public debt, I still believe that with the steps we will take Slovenia will solve the position of its public finances on its own," Bratušek told Reuters on Thursday.