SDS set to return


Janez Janša and his Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) look set to return to government in next Sunday’s general election. A poll by the Faculty of Applied Social Studies in Nova Gorica (FUDS) published yesterday puts Janša’s SDS on 33.2% of the vote, up from 20.5% a month ago. In the 2008 general election they took 29.26% of the vote.

The big losers in the election look set to be Prime Minister Borut Pahor and his Social Democrats (SD). They have dropped from 30.45% in the 2008 poll to just 10.6% in yesterday’s poll.

Two new parties are likely to be strong contenders in the election, both founded by well known personalities.

Positive Slovenia (LZJ) of two times Mayor of Ljubljana, Zoran Janković, is standing at 22.7% of the poll. The party was founded on 22 October this year.

Another party led by Gregor Virants, a former SDS minister, Gregor Virant’s Civic List (LGV) is standing on 8.1% of the vote. This party was founded on 21st October this year.

The election, which takes place on Sunday 4th December, is being held a year early as a result of the collapse of the Social Democrat led coalition government and will elect 90 Deputies of the National Assembly.

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