With 99 percent of the vote counted, according to the State Election Commission, Pahor had 47.1 percent of the vote. Sarec, a former comedian, and mayor of the northern town of Kamnik received 25 percent of the votes. The former model will be competing in another round of voting slated for November 12. with Marjan Sarec, a left-leaning independent candidate, also his main rival. He is best known for his Instagram following and the use of social media to reach his voters.
The first round of voting saw 9 candidates- 5 of which were women, compete for a largely ceremonial position in the European Union member country with 2 million population.
"I'll do my best to prove that I'm the best choice".
After casting his ballot earlier on Sunday, Pahor said he knew that no Slovenian president in 20 years has won a second term in office.
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"I am happy about this result, which shows that us mayors do a lot for people at the local level and are working hard", he said. But he said "we did so much in five years" that it was worth his trying to seek re-election.
Other candidates included Romana Tomc, a tax expert backed by the conservatives; Ljudmila Novak, a former teacher who leads the New Slovenia Christian-Democrats; and Angelca Likovic, who is promoting Catholic Christian values.
"For me, it would not be unusual to launch a public debate on the functioning of all branches of power and the reflection on the effectiveness of our political system". The 39-year-old is serving his second term as mayor.
Commenting on the turnout, which partial results suggested could be below 40 percent, he said he would have wanted more people to vote. "In this case Pahor would benefit as he is the king of the Instagram and is therefore more likely to get votes of the young", Tanja Staric, an analyst at Radio Slovenia, told Reuters.
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