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Večer - Slovenia | Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Slovenians are sick of politics

Former prime minister of Slovenia Borut Pahor won the first round of the presidential election on Sunday, beating the incumbent Danilo Türk. The candidates will face each other in a runoff vote on December 2. But the low turnout of just 48 percent is a clear sign of the Slovenians' weariness of politics, the conservative daily Večer notes: "Despite the calls to work together to improve the situation in the country, not even half of those eligible to vote cast their ballot. … The truth is that none of the three candidates had an idea that caught on with the masses. At least half of the country's citizens are no longer willing to play along with a political spectacle in which only those who like [the current center-right prime minister] Janez Janša and [left-leaning ex-president] Milan Kučan count. In a political landscape which consists only of 'ours' and 'theirs', half of the citizens can't find 'their' candidate. And this is no trifling matter."

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