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Election Of Pirc Musar As President Set To Support Political Stability

SLOVENIA

On 13 November, former information commissioner and president of the Slovenian Red Cross, Natasa Pirc Musar, won the run-off election for the Slovenian presidency in a result that is likely to support political stability in the mountainous eurozone state.

  • Pirc Musar, an independent backed by progressive parties, defeated right-wing populist Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) candidate Anze Logar by 53.9% to 46.1%.
  • The Slovenian presidency is a largely ceremonial position, meaning Pirc Musar's election will have little impact on the gov'ts policy direction.
  • However, should Logar have won the presidency it could have given a louder voice to the views of the SDS, led by former PM Janez Jansa. In Jansa's third term in office from 2020-22 the PM shifted his party in a much more populist direction, drawing similarities to illiberal Hungarian PM Viktor Orban.
  • However, a liberal-leaning president is unlikely to offer any notable criticism of PM Robert Golob and his centre-left coalition gov't.
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On 13 November, former information commissioner and president of the Slovenian Red Cross, Natasa Pirc Musar, won the run-off election for the Slovenian presidency in a result that is likely to support political stability in the mountainous eurozone state.

  • Pirc Musar, an independent backed by progressive parties, defeated right-wing populist Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) candidate Anze Logar by 53.9% to 46.1%.
  • The Slovenian presidency is a largely ceremonial position, meaning Pirc Musar's election will have little impact on the gov'ts policy direction.
  • However, should Logar have won the presidency it could have given a louder voice to the views of the SDS, led by former PM Janez Jansa. In Jansa's third term in office from 2020-22 the PM shifted his party in a much more populist direction, drawing similarities to illiberal Hungarian PM Viktor Orban.
  • However, a liberal-leaning president is unlikely to offer any notable criticism of PM Robert Golob and his centre-left coalition gov't.