In Slovenia, a favorite media lawyer in the second round of the presidential election

Slovenia elects its president on Sunday, with a renowned lawyer new to politics in the position of favorite who could become the first woman to lead the Alpine country. The polls credit Natasa Pirc Musar with more than 50% of the voting intentions, against 44 to 49% for his conservative rival Anze Logar, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, winner of the first round on October 23.

The 54-year-old lawyer, who in the past represented the interests of former American First Lady Melania Trump, of Slovenian origin, should indeed be able to count on the votes of center-left voters, whose candidate was defeated. at the ballot box.

In the event of weak mobilization, however, the deal could turn to the advantage of Logar, 46, warned analysts in the country of 2 million inhabitants, from the former Yugoslavia and member of the European Union (EU ) since 2004.

The voice of women»

During the campaign, Natasa Pirc Musar, who defines herself as “liberal“, highlighted his desire to give more substance to this essentially ceremonial post.

The president cannot be neutral, he must have an opinion“, be “a moral authority“, she told AFP in between the two rounds. Outgoing head of state Borut Pahor has often been criticized for his passive attitude towards controversial former prime minister Janez Jansa.

I’ve never been afraid to raise my voice“, she insists. This former television presenter made a name for herself when she headed the Slovenian Data Protection Authority in the 2000s.

A tireless defender of the political class, she opened her law firm in 2016, regularly scouring TV sets as an expert.

Passionate about motorcycles, she has been the target of attacks because of her husband’s lucrative investment activities, especially in tax havens.

Perhaps I suffered more brutal accusations than the others because I am a woman. I was called a careerist, you would never say that of a man“, she lamented, wanting to be “women’s voicein Slovenia and abroad.

Democratic counterweight

Opposite, the conservatives dream of revenge after their heavy defeat in the April legislative elections.

Anze Logar, one of the main tenors of the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) of Janez Jansa, however, was careful to keep his distance, with the exception of a brief appearance side by side of the two men on the evening of the first round.

Without label, unifying slogan and campaign “moderate“: the courteous candidate, who never separates from his bike, promised to be “president of all citizens“, far from the radical positions against the media and justice of the Jansa government – ​​of which he was a part from 2020 to 2022.

While his adversary is supported by Liberal Prime Minister Robert Golob, the 40-year-old claims a role of “supervising“, a counterweight “desirable for the democratic system“, he explained to AFP.

But to his credit, he has more than 20 years of loyal service in a strongly hierarchical party where everyone must answer to the president (Janez Jansa, editor’s note), which suggests that he risks being a simple puppetif he is elected, believes Uros Esih, columnist for the daily Delo.

Polling stations will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m., with the first results expected in the evening.

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