In Slovenia, a media lawyer becomes the first female president

Slovenia on Sunday chose as president a renowned lawyer new to politics, Natasa Pirc Musar, the first woman to lead the Alpine country, according to partial results.

The 54-year-old lawyer, who in the past represented the interests of the former American First Lady Melania Trump, of Slovenian origin, collects 54% of the voting intentions, according to a count covering more than half of the ballots stripped. His conservative rival Anze Logar, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, who won the first round on October 23, is clearly outdistanced: he obtains less than 46% of the vote.

call to unite

In a country divided after the protest-strewn term of ex-Prime Minister Janez Jansa, Natasa Pirc Musar called for “uniting” and turning the page on “disputes”. “My first action will be to invite all the leaders of the political parties to the presidential palace,” she declared Sunday evening in front of hundreds of supporters gathered around the capital Ljubljana.

The Slovenians turned out in relatively large numbers at the polls, in this country of 2 million inhabitants, from the former Yugoslavia and member of the European Union (EU) since 2004. During the campaign, the candidate, who defines herself as “liberal”, has put forward its desire to give more substance to this essentially ceremonial position. Outgoing head of state Borut Pahor, who could not stand for re-election after two terms of five years each, has often been criticized for his passive attitude towards Janez Jansa.

Who is Natasa Pirc Musar?

A former television presenter, Natasa Pirc Musar made a name for herself by directing the Slovenian Data Protection Authority in the 2000s. A tireless defender of the political class, she opened her law firm in 2016, regularly scouring TV sets as an expert.

Passionate about motorcycles, she has been the target of attacks because of her husband’s lucrative investment activities, especially in tax havens. This is a new setback for the conservatives who dreamed of revenge after their heavy defeat in the legislative elections in April.


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