March 22, 2023

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The first female President of the Republic of Slovenia, the eminent lawyer, Natasa Birk Muzar, was elected

She is the first woman to lead the Alpine country. Natasa Birk Muzar, a high-profile lawyer and political newcomer, was elected President of the Republic of Slovenia on Sunday 13 November.

The 54-year-old lawyer has represented interests in the past Former US “First Lady” Melania Trump is of Slovenian descent. It got 53.83% of the votes with 86.7% of the votes counted. His conservative rival, former foreign minister and Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) official Anze Logar, came out on top in the first round. Last October 23Clearly far away.

Turning the page on political “controversies”.

Voter turnout reached 49.9% in this country of two million people, from the former Yugoslavia and a member of the European Union (EU) since 2004, according to data from the Electoral Commission.

Natasa Birkmusar called on Slovenians in a deeply divided country that has been fueled by protests at the end of former prime minister Janus Jansa’s mandate. “Sunir” And turn the page “Controversies”. “My first step is to invite all the leaders of the political parties to the President’s House.”He made the announcement in front of hundreds of supporters gathered in the suburbs of the capital Ljubljana on Sunday evening.

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Outgoing head of state Borut Bahor, unable to stand for re-election after serving two consecutive terms, has often been criticized for his passive approach to Genus Jansa. During the campaign, the candidate defines himself “liberal”On this basis he emphasized his desire to give more meaning to formality.

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“The President cannot be neutral, he must have an opinion”Be “A Moral Authority”Natasa Birk Muzar points out between rounds and argues: “I have never been afraid to make my voice heard. »

A former TV presenter, the latter made a name for himself in the 2000s by running the Slovenian Data Protection Authority. A tireless defender of the political class, he opened his law firm in 2016 and continues to scour TV sets as an expert. Passionate about motorcycles, she has been the target of attacks on her husband’s lucrative investment activities, particularly in tax havens.

On Sunday, she felt she had lived “A Very Hard Campaign” than its competitors, “Without the support of an established party”. “I was called a worker, you wouldn’t call me a man”She had previously exploded, saying she wanted to wear it “Women’s Voices” In Slovenia and abroad.

Backlash to the conservative camp

The conservatives’ defeat is a fresh setback for the camp, which has been dreaming of revenge after its heavy defeat in April’s parliamentary elections. Anze Logar, 46, one of the main tenors of SDS who left Janes Jansa to win, kept his distance except when the two men briefly appeared side by side in the evening of the first round.

A unifying slogan and campaign, without branding “moderate” : The respectable candidate, who never gives up on his bike, promises to be there “Leader of all Citizens”A far cry from the extreme anti-media and anti-justice stances of the Jansa government he was part of from 2020 to 2022.

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Anse Locar, the conservative candidate for the Slovenian presidential election, casts his vote in the second round of voting in Ljubljana on November 13, 2022.

Anse Locar claimed a share, while his opponent was supported by the Liberal Prime Minister Robert Gollop. “Monitoring”A counterweight “Desirable for a democratic system”he said.

“But to his credit, he has more than twenty years of loyal service in a strongly hierarchical party where everyone is accountable to the president. [Janez Jansa]He is likely to be just a puppet” If he is elected, the newspaper’s columnist Uros Esih will judge Work. On the contrary, Nadezhda Birk Musar knew, even if he had no political experience “Surround yourself with strong advisors”The analyst noted.

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Le Monde with AFP and Reuters