The former Prime Minister of Slovenia has caused a surprise by coming first in his country’s presidential election. Nonetheless, Borut Pahor will have to turn out to vote all over again, because there has been no outright majority in the first round.
Exit polls suggest incumbent President Danilo Turk was not far behind his rival. He had been tipped as the frontrunner in Sunday’s vote.
Turnout for the election has been estimated at around 45 percent. The second round run-off is pencilled in for December 2nd.
The role of Slovenia’s President is largely ceremonial. However, it is hoped it will lend a degree of political stability to the country, currently being buffeted by the financial crisis.