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Recession-hit Slovenians vote in presidential election


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Recession-hit Slovenians vote in presidential election

People in Slovenia are going to the polls to vote for a new president, amid the gloom of recession in the small eurozone country.
 
The campaign for the largely symbolic post has aroused scant interest in the former Yugoslav republic.
 
Many people are more concerned with the high rate of unemployment – at over 11 per cent – and austerity measures: pay cuts for public sector workers, as well as cuts in welfare benefits.
 
Only three candidates are standing: the favourite to win is the existing President Danilo Türk of the centre-left. One opinion poll puts his support at 43.7 per cent.
 
The former prime minister, the Social Democrat Borut Pahor, has the backing of 32.6 per cent, according to the survey.
 
Both are well ahead of the conservative candidate Milan Zver, on 23.7 per cent.
 
It is thought the ballot will go to a second round in early December.
 
The main unions have called for a large demonstration against austerity next weekend.
 
Analysts fear the small EU nation’s economic difficulties could result in a bailout. 

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