Polls open as Slovenian president runs for his second mandate

From Reuters - October 21, 2017

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Polls opened in the Slovenian presidential election on Sundaywith incumbent President Borut Pahor running for his second five-year mandate against eight other candidates.

Opinion polls had shown that Pahor, who is running as an independent and says his main task is bringing people together, will win most votes but the question remains whether there will be a need for a second election round.

If no candidate wins at least 50 percent of votes in the first round, the two candidates with the most votes will compete in a second round on Nov. 12.

Apart from Pahor, the most likely candidate to get into the second round is the mayor of Kamnik Marjan Sarec, who is backed by his own non-parliamentary center-left party Lista Marjana Sarca, opinion polls showed.

A lot will depend upon turnout, upon whether young people will come to vote. In this case Pahor would benefit as he is the king of the Instagram and is therefore more likely to get votes of the young, Tanja Staric, an analyst at Radio Slovenia, told Reuters.

Pahor, 53, who is a former fashion model, is famous for posting his photos on Instagram showing him in his official duties but also in various sports activities.


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