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    No clear winner for Slovenia’s president

    LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA (AP) – Voters in Slovenia yesterday cast ballots to elect a new president of the European Union (EU) nation, with three main contenders leading the race but no clear winner in sight.

    Though the presidency is largely ceremonial in Slovenia, yesterday’s vote is still seen as a test for its liberal government amid a soaring crisis fuelled by the war in Ukraine.

    A populist opposition politician has led pre-election polls but none of the contenders appears set to win more than half of the ballots.

    This means a runoff vote likely will be held in three weeks featuring the two best-placed candidates.

    Surveys put right-wing former foreign minister Anze Logar on 30 per cent, followed by centrist independent candidate Natasa Pirc Musar with around 20 per cent and government-backed Social Democrat Milan Brglez with 17 per cent.

    The three have emerged as favourites among seven candidates.

    Analysts expect Logar to make it to the runoff but say his opponent could be either Pirc Musar or Brglez who are polling close to one another.

    Slovenia’s 1.7 million eligible voters will eventually pick a successor to incumbent Borut Pahor.

    He has served two full five-year terms and was banned from running for a third.

    Slovenians at the polling station. PHOTO: AP
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