Tuesday, May 24

Liberal opposition beats conservative Jansa in Slovenian legislative elections

The opposition party Freedom Movement (GS) of the engineer Robert Golob, with a liberal ecological orientation, has won the legislative elections held this Sunday in Slovenia with 35.8% of the votes, according to exit polls.

Golob’s formation has surpassed the 22.5% obtained by the conservative Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS), the formation of the Slovenian right-wing prime minister, Janez Jansa, who was trying to revalidate a fourth term. The current leader, branded a populist and eurosceptic, was one of the allies that the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, had in the European Union.

In the polls, the two rival parties were equal, so the good results of the GS, higher than expected, are a shock to the distribution of forces in the Slovenian Parliament.

According to these results, published by the public television TVSlo and the private POP TV at the close of the polls, Golob’s party will also have more potential coalition partners, which it will seek in the center-left spectrum.

The Social Democrats (SD) obtained 6.6% and Levica (Left), 4.4% of the vote, while the conservative NSi party, a potential ally of Jansa’s SDS, obtained 6.8% of the votes.

This distribution of votes will result in 54 deputies for the center-left spectrum and 34 for the conservative in the 90-seat chamber, according to calculations by the STA agency. The last two seats belong to representatives of the Hungarian and Italian minorities.

The turnout at the polls has been much higher than in the past legislative ones, since at 4:00 p.m. local time (2:00 p.m. GMT), three hours before the polls close, 57% of the voters had already gone, a figure higher than the total participation in 2018, which reached just under 53%.

The total turnout, according to first calculations, could be around 70% this year in the Slovenian general elections.