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Slovenia will have a female head of state for the first time. In the second round of the presidential election, lawyer Natassa Burke-Mussar managed to beat her opponent with 54 percent of the vote, according to the preliminary election results.
Liberal Musar, formerly a television broadcaster and lawyer, took over Anze Lugar from the right wing. He was a former foreign minister. Lugar admitted his loss and congratulated Mussar for the night.
In the first round, Lugar, of the right-wing SDS party, was the front-runner. But none of the seven presidential candidates managed to get more than 50 percent of the vote, which necessitated another round of voting.
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Musar (54) succeeds Purut Pahor, who has been president since 2012. He was not allowed to run for re-election.
During her campaign, Mosser focused on topics such as human rights, rule of law, and social welfare. As a lawyer, I stood before the first lady Melanie Trump in defamation case. “Throughout my life I have defended democracy, human rights and tolerance,” Mosser said after her victory. “It’s time to turn our backs on the past, we have a future to work on.”
The presidency in Slovenia is largely ceremonial in nature. But the election was seen as a test of Prime Minister Robert Gollop’s presumed left-wing liberal government of late. His Green Party became larger than anywhere else last April.
It was preceded by the right-wing populist Yanez Jansa (SDS) Golub. He has been accused in the past of violating press freedom and the rule of law. Last year, Jansa got into a fight with the Dutch government via Twitter, after the prime minister called Dutch politicians “George Soros dolls”.
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