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After officially counting the postal votes and closing the reuslts, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa at last conceded defeat in Slovenia’s elections. The most likely prime minister is Mr Borut Pahor, whose Social Democrats may form a coalition with a handful of smaller parties.

Slovenia won independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. The country war more or less uninteruptedly governed by the Liberal Party until 2004, when Mr. Jansa’s centre-right Slovene Democrats came to power. In this years election campaign the government was criticized with corruption, and allegedly improper influence on the police, judiciary and the media. The Social Democrats, who won 29 out of the 90 seats of the national assembly, are the successors of the former Communists, and they had been a minor partner of the Liberals before 2004. It is likely that the Liberals, who have lost their popularity over the last two parliaments, will be one of the Social Democrats coalition partners.

Slovenia is a small country between Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia by the Adriatic. It is home to 2 million Slovenes (some more live in the neighboring countries, mainly in Austria, where the country belonged before 1919). It is the richest of the former East-bloc European Union member states and was the first in this group the adopt the euro.

The story of a major transition Liberal Party becoming a minor partner for the reformed Communists and a populist, muscular center-right party which hardly accepts defeat and calls for irregularities in the elections that they themselves have organized are very familiar in Hungary: we had a very similar story going on between 1998 and 2006.

Link: Trend news.

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