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Slovenians vote in early polls with rightwinger in front

FPJ Bureau | Updated on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 08:52 AM IST

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Ljubljana : Slovenians voted on Sunday in an early election which was set to see Janez Jansa’s anti-immigration party emerge as victor after four years of centre-left rule.

 The last poll published by the Dnevnik newspaper had Jansa’s Slovenian Democrats (SDS) on just over 25 percent, well clear of its nearest rivals the Social Democrats, who were on 12 percent.

 Early turnout was slightly up on four years ago at 17.3 percent from 15.4 percent just after 0900 GMT and an apathetic showing was expected to bolster Jansa’s chances.

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However, with more than 40 percent of those surveyed saying they either had not decided or would not reveal their preference, all bets were off in the eurozone country of two million.

Jansa’s combative personality, strident anti-immigration rhetoric and alliance with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban dominated the closing stages of the campaign.

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Published on: Monday, June 04, 2018, 12:07 AM IST