Slovenia’s centre-left opposition looks set for a narrow victory after Sunday’s parliamentary election.
With more than 99 percent of ballots counted, the Social Democrats, led by Borut Pahor, have a lead of just over one percent over the ruling SDS party.
Pahor stopped short though of claiming victory: “At the last elections we came third, today it seems we have come out on top. This is a real achievement, but we will have to wait for the final results to be announced by the electoral commission,” he said.
The definitive score will be published on September 29, once all postal votes have been counted.
If the Social Democrats’ victory is confirmed they are expected to form a governing coalition with fellow centre-left groups Zares and the Liberal Democrats, who are headed by Katarina Kresal.
It would mean Prime Minister Janez Jansa and his ruling SDS party will have been pushed from power after just one four-year term.
The party had led in opinion polls in the run-up to the election but may have paid the price for corruption allegations levelled against the government.
Jansa will await the final confirmation before conceding defeat.