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Presidential vote may see Slovenia swing to the right

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Presidential vote may see Slovenia swing to the right

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Slovenians vote for a new president on Sunday in an election that could complete a swing to the right two months before the country takes over the EU presidency.

Seven candidates are vying to replace Janez Drnovsek, who has decided to quit politics after holding top posts since Slovenia gained independence from Yugoslavia.

Lojze Peterle, a conservative former prime minister, is favourite to top the poll, and many think he will make an immediate impact.

Polls suggest even if Peterle does win the most support it is unlikely to be enough to secure outright victory in the first round.

The outcome of any second round, in three weeks time, is even less certain.