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Former PM leads the way in Slovenia presidential election, but runoff expected

No candidate appeared to win an outright majority in Sunday's presidential election in Slovenia, and a runoff is expected next month between the incumbent and a former prime minister.Former Prime Minister Borut Pahor was first with 40 percent of the vote, followed by President Danilo Turk, with 36.2 percent and center-right candidate Milan Zver at 24 percent, the state election commission said after 99.9 percent of the ballots were counted.If that outcome holds when the commission announces the official results in the coming days, a runoff between the top two candidates will be held on Dec. 2.Pahor's lead was viewed as a surprise since Turk had been tipped to be the frontrunner in Sunday's election.But a runoff had been widely expected in the race for the presidential office — a largely ceremonial post in Slovenia but one that commands political authority.When the initial result started coming in, Pahor said the "confidence of the people is much higher than I had expected.""But I can p...

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