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Exit poll suggests right-wing party leading Slovenia vote

AP  |  Ljubljana 

A right-wing opposition party led by a former Slovenian won the most votes, but not enough to rule the country on its own, an exit poll from a suggested today.

The poll carried by public broadcaster TV and commercial channel POP TV said that Janez Jansa's received 24.4 per cent of the vote. The second-place party, the List of Marjan Sarec, trailed with 12.6 per cent.

The Modern of outgoing was third with 9.8 per cent. had 9.5 per cent and the Social Democrats won 9.3 per cent, the poll conducted by the said.

If confirmed in official returns, the results mean no party secured a majority in Slovenia's 90-member parliament and the likely next step is negotiations to form a coalition government.

The negotiations could keep Jansa from another term as since other groups have suggested they were unwilling to form an alliance with him. He previously held the office during 2004-2008 and 2012-2013.

Jansa is an ally of Hungary's anti-immigration prime minister, His election prowess with Slovenia's 1.7 million voters mirrors the growth of right-wing populism in central and eastern following a large influx of migrants from the Mideast and

A government led by Jansa would shift to the right and add an anti-immigrant voice to the Some 500,000 migrants passed through Slovenia, a country with a population of 2 million, during 2015.

Slovenia, once part of the former and the native home of U.S. Melania Trump, joined the EU in 2004. It has used the euro as its official currency since 2007.

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First Published: Mon, June 04 2018. 01:05 IST