General Alenka Ermenc

Slovenia has appointed Maj Gen Alenka Ermenc as head of its army and will take up the post on Wednesday.

The 55-year-old former army commander began her military career in 1991, when the country won its independence from the former Yugoslavia.

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Maj Gen Ermenc is currently serving as the army’s deputy chief of staff and President Borut Pahor said he hoped she would improve the army’s performance.

“The global trend of a deteriorating security situation continues and even though Slovenia is not directly threatened military-wise, it must improve its military safety relatively quickly,” he said in a statement released by his office.

Earlier this year, a Slovenian army brigade failed a Nato combat readiness test.

Maj Gen Ermenc graduated from the Royal College of Defence Studies in London and completed a Master’s degree in International Studies at London’s King’s College University.

She will replace Maj Gen Alan Geder, who has been in post since February.