Slovenian ex-PM Pahor wins presidency

By bne IntelliNews December 3, 2012

bne -

Former Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor has won an emphatic victory in the country's presidential run-off election. With almost all votes counted, Pahor polled 67%, trouncing incumbent President Danilo Turk's 33%.

The second round of the presidential election came amid protests over the parlous economy and alleged government corruption. Slovenia is facing one of the Eurozone's deepest recessions, with GDP shrinking more than 8% since 2009. The country has been busy rejecting claims that it is a good bet to be the fifth Eurozone country to require a bailout.

A poor turnout did much to help Pahor, who was prime minister until last year, win the vote. Reflecting the popular anger directed at the political class over Slovenia's dire economic performance, no more than one in three eligible voters made it to the polls which, BBC reports.

Addressing that mood, Pahor told supporters that Slovenia would emerge from the gloom. "The moment when Slovenian men and women, citizens of Slovenia, beat this crisis - and we will beat it eventually - we will again have the confidence we felt when we established our country and we will rise among the stars of Europe."

In the run-up to the election, protests were held across the country against the harsh austerity measures being implemented by the current centre-right government, as well as allegations of corruption. Thirty-three people were charged with public order offences after trouble in Ljubljana on November 30, while a protest earlier in the week in Maribor attracted thousands and turned violent.

On December 3, protesters announced they are set to take to the streets in Celje, Ptuj, and Ravne na Koroskem, on top of fresh new protests scheduled in Maribor and Ljubljana.

Related Articles

Macedonia kept on hold as Balkans edges towards EU goal

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest -   Macedonia’s EU accession progress remains stalled amid the country’s worst political crisis in 14 years, while most countries in the Southeast Europe region have ... more

Austria's Erste rides CEE recovery to swing to profit in Jan-Sep

bne IntelliNews - Erste Group Bank saw the continuing economic recovery across Central and Eastern Europe push its January-September financial results back into net profit of €764.2mn, the ... more

CEE leaders call for Nato troops to help deter Russian aggression

bne IntelliNews -   Central and Eastern European leaders blasted Russian "aggression" on November 4 and called for Nato to boost its presence in the region. The joint statement, issued at an ... more

Register here to continue reading this article and 2 more for free or purchase 12 months full website access including the bne Magazine for just $119/year.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

Thank you. Please complete your registration by confirming your email address.
A confirmation email has been sent to the email address you provided.

To continue viewing our content you need to complete the registration process.

Please look for an email that was sent to with the subject line "Confirmation bne IntelliNews access". This email will have instructions on how to complete registration process. Please check in your "Junk" folder in case this communication was misdirected in your email system.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

If you have any questions please contact us at sales@intellinews.com

Subscribe to bne IntelliNews website and magazine

Subscribe to bne IntelliNews website and monthly magazine, the leading source of business, economic and financial news and commentary in emerging markets.

Your subscription includes:
  • Full access to the bne content daily news and features on the website
  • Newsletters direct to your mailbox
  • Print and digital subscription to the monthly bne magazine
  • Digital subscription to the weekly bne newspaper

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

bne IntelliNews
$119 per year

All prices are in US dollars net of applicable taxes.

If you have any questions please contact us at sales@intellinews.com

Register for free to read bne IntelliNews Magazine. You'll receive a free digital subscription.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

Thank you. Please complete your registration by confirming your email address.
A confirmation email has been sent to the email address you provided.

IntelliNews Pro offers daily news updates delivered to your inbox and in-depth data reports.
Get the emerging markets newswire that financial professionals trust.

"No day starts for my team without IntelliNews Pro" — UBS

Thank-you for requesting an IntelliNews Pro trial. Our team will be in contact with you shortly.

Dismiss