Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Ex-PM wins Slovenia president vote

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