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Slovenia ex-premier granted prison furlough for parliament session amid divisions over seat

Slovenian ex-Prime Minister Janez Jansa has been granted a brief prison furlough to attend the country's first parliamentary session after he won a seat in last month's election.

Jansa, leader of the opposition Slovene Democratic Party, has been serving a two-year sentence for bribery since June. He arrived unescorted to Friday's parliamentary session as several hundred supporters gathered outside the building.

Slovenia's laws don't formally ban a prisoner from running for the 90-member parliament, but there have been calls that Jansa be stripped of his seat.

Jansa has insisted that his trial was political. His last government fell in 2013 after the state corruption watchdog accused him of failing to declare assets.