Slovenia’s national Right candidate Anže Logar, whose party—the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS)—is closely allied to Hungary’s Fidesz party, on Sunday cruised to a comfortable victory in the first-round of the country’s presidential election.
With nearly 100% of the ballots counted, Anže Logar (SDS), who formerly served as foreign minister under Prime Minister Janez Janša’s administration, garnered by far the most popular support in Sunday’s presidential election, with 34% of the country’s electorate casting their ballots for the national-conservative candidate, the Ljubljana-based news outlet Nova24TV reports.
Meanwhile, Nataša Pirc Musar, an independent candidate whose political ideology is most closely aligned with the European Greens, came in a distant second place, securing 26.9% of the vote. The two candidates from the ruling, left-liberal Social Democrats—Milan Brglez and Vladimir Prebelič—both fared exceptionally poorly, collecting 15.4% and 10.7% of the vote, respectively.
Slovenia, Presidential election (first-round) today:
99.93% counted (mail-in ballots not included)
Logar (SDS-EPP): 34.0% (+20.3)
Pirc Musar (*~Green/EFA): 26.9% (new)
Brglez (SD-S&D): 15.4% (-31.6)
Prebilič (*~S&D): 10.7% (new)
— Europe Elects (@EuropeElects) October 23, 2022
The election result is a clear indication that Slovenia’s population is displeased, to say the least, with the direction the left-liberal, globalist Social Democrats have taken the country amid the Russo-Ukraine War.
With no candidate breaching the 50% support threshold required for a first-round victory, however, Logar and Musar are set to face off in the run-off round of the presidential election on November 13th.
As has been witnessed in other run-off elections across Europe, leftists, liberals, and so-called pro-business centrists are expected to rally around the Musar in an attempt to defeat Logar, who despite having presented himself as a unifier, is seen as representative of the populist, disruptive Right.
Slovenia, Presidential election (first round): centre-right Anže Logar (SDS-EPP) wins a plurality in most rural electoral districts; Nataša Pirc Musar (*~Greens/EFA) wins in urban districts; Kočevje Municipality mayor Vladimir Prebilič (*~S&D) wins Kočevje district. #Slovenia pic.twitter.com/JL5kfVPfkC
— Europe Elects (@EuropeElects) October 24, 2022
Following the initial election projections, Logar, after congratulating his opponent Musar, said: “Results have confirmed that our slogan, ‘we work together for the future,’ has been welcomed by citizens.”
“From today we are deciding where Slovenia will be in five years. We can continue to be divided into left and right, but I think that dialogue and a winning spirit are especially important. The time has come to join hands and stop looking for what we don’t like about someone, but look for what connects us,” Logar added.
Although the role is largely ceremonial in Slovenia, the president presides over the country’s armed forces and nominates several top officials, including the central bank governor, all of whom must be confirmed by the parliament.
Robert Semonsen is a political journalist based in Central Europe. This article first appeared in the European Conservative and is printed here with permission