Robert Golub, a political newcomer, ousted the controversial Janez Gansa in the legislative elections

Robert Golub, the neo-liberal candidate in politics, won the Slovenian legislative elections on Sunday, April 24, with a wide lead over the controversial prime minister, Janez Jansa.

With 99% of the votes counted, Mr. Golub’s movement, Freedom (GS), won 34.5% of the vote, against 23.6% for the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) led by 63-year-old Janez Jansa.

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Golub, a 55-year-old former solar businessman, got a neck and neck this week, even with a slight lead, but no estimate foresaw such a gap between the two candidates.

“People want change and they trust us.”, welcomed the winner, from his home, where he self-isolated due to infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. At his headquarters in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, the speech was met with applause and cheers.

“It’s a bit of a surprise.”and in response to the press, GS Vice President, Urska Klakocar Zupancic, welcomed the victory of “Democracy”. In the opposition camp, the Minister of the Interior, Alice Hajes, said that he would prefer to wait “Official tally of results”.

Government Action Challenge

Voters flocked to the polls throughout the day to elect their representatives in this country of two million people, during one round of voting, against the backdrop of civil society’s rebellion against the government’s work that was challenged by the demonstrations for months.

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“This is the most important election since independence”in 1991, from this nation of the former Yugoslavia, reassured Jansa Jinol, one of the leaders of the protest movement.

At 4 p.m., turnout was 49.3%, up nearly 15 points from 2018 at the same time (34.4%), according to the Electoral Commission. Advance polls must be added to these ballot papers.

Government Carried out repeated attacks on the rule of law and democratic institutions.the US NGO Freedom House notes in its annual report published this week, citing “attacks” against the judiciary and the media.

Presumably an admirer of former US President Donald Trump and Hungarian ultra-conservative ally Viktor Orbán, Janez Jansa deprived the national news agency STA of public funds for months, which he considered deeply critical. In the face of warnings from the European Commission, he was defeated ‘Bureaucrats are overpaid’By hitting the arms corridors in Brussels while ignoring the street rebellion.

Back to “normal life”

The interview was given by Urus Ise, political commentator for the daily, interviewed by Agence France-Presse welcomesees in this election A struggle between liberal and illiberal forces.

‘Previously seen as a model in Eastern Europe’has become a small alpine country ‘One of the biggest troublemakers, with restricted liberties’According to analyst Valdo Mihiljak.

Mr. Golub, for his part, promised to call back “normal”. In addition to the 26 seats he feels guaranteed, he can count on the support of several center-left parties to gain a majority in the 90-seat parliament.

Slovenian Prime Minister and President of the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS), Janez Jansa, and his wife Urska, in Arnes, April 24, 2022.

If the results are confirmed, it will be a heavy defeat for Janez Gansa. By voting on Sunday morning, in a yellow and blue tie in the colors of Ukraine, he expressed his wish “to go on” He has borrowed since March 2020 his return to the government after two terms in the past.

If the war in Ukraine dominates the recent legislative campaign in neighboring Hungary, it will not affect discussions in Slovenia, where all sides agree to support Kyiv.

Mr Jansa, a fierce anti-Russian, went there in mid-March with his Polish and Czech counterparts, the first visit by foreign leaders to the besieged Ukrainian capital.

The world with AFP

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