Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Ex-PM wins Slovenia president vote

Former Prime Minister Borut Pahor has won the presidential election in Slovenia

Slovenia's former Prime Minister Borut Pahor has won the presidential election in the crisis-hit EU country with 67.3% of the vote, according to an exit poll.

The poll conducted by Mediana polling agency said that incumbent president Danilo Turk won 32.97% at Sunday's run-off ballot.

The vote was held amid growing discontent with the government's anti-austerity measures and only two days after protests against those measures and alleged widespread corruption erupted in clashes.

Mr Pahor said Slovenia needs "trust, respect and tolerance."

The 49-year-old left-leaning politician added that "there is no problem that cannot be solved if we act together".

He has supported some of the anti-crisis measures, unlike Mr Turk, who has been a fierce critic.

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