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Watch: Slovenia's populist PM Janez Jansa could be ousted in Sunday's ballot

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Slovenia's Prime Minister Janez Jansa speaks with the media as he arrives for an extraordinary EU summit on Ukraine at the European Council building in Brussels, Feb 22, 2022.
Slovenia's Prime Minister Janez Jansa speaks with the media as he arrives for an extraordinary EU summit on Ukraine at the European Council building in Brussels, Feb 22, 2022.   -   Copyright  John Thys, Pool Photo via AP

Slovenia voters will head to the polls on Sunday for parliamentary elections that pit populist leader Janez Jansa against a new political grouping headed by a businessman and former energy minister.

Jansa's conservative Democratic Party (SDP) is being challenged by a new Freedom Movement, led by Robert Golob, with the two groupings just a percentage point apart in opinion polls.

The incumbent, 63, is a controversial figure who has been accused of weakening rule of law in his country and trying to muzzle independent media as well as NGOs.

His opponent was elected at the helm of the green party less than a year ago and has put the fight against climate change and the protection of independent state systems at the heart of his agenda.

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