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Slovenian Former Premier Seen as Best to Lead Country, Poll Says

November 24, 2011

Nov. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Slovenia’s former Prime Minister Janez Jansa would be the most appropriate next leader, a poll showed less than two weeks before early elections.

Jansa, who led Slovenia as the country introduced the euro in 2007, has the approval of 28.4 percent of voters, followed by Ljubljana mayor Zoran Jankovic with 22.2 percent, a poll by RM Plus agency of 700 people and published today in Vecer newspaper showed. No margin of error was given.

Gregor Virant, a former ally of Jansa who formed his own party, has 13.1 percent and outgoing Prime Minister Borut Pahor 6.8 percent, the poll said.

Slovenia will hold early elections on Dec. 4 after Pahor’s administration was toppled in a no-confidence vote in September following disagreements between coalition partners on pension changes. The country has seen borrowing costs rise to records as the debt crisis in Europe intensifies and as it has failed to rein in spending.

--Editors: Douglas Lytle, Jennifer M. Freedman

To contact the reporter on this story: Boris Cerni in Ljubljana at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James M. Gomez at

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