Slovenia is choosing its new president today. Seven candidates are on the ballot but the frontrunner is former prime minister Lojze Peterle. He was Slovenia’s first prime minister, leading the country to independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. He is favoured by the ruling conservative coalition.
His rivals include Liberal Danilo Turk, a former top diplomat, and Mitja Gaspari, the former president of the Slovenian Central Bank. Despite his popularity it’s unlikely Peterle will take more than 50 per cent of the vote. That would mean a second round run-off on November 11th.
The most pressing task for the winner of the election will be Slovenia’s presidency of the European Union which it takes over in January. The outgoing president, a popular left-winger, decided not to run for a second five-year term after frequent disputes with the centre-right government.