As Slovenia’s first female head of state, a lawyer associated with former US first lady Melania Trump was chosen.
Journalist and attorney Natasa Pirc Musar received support from Slovenia’s center-left government to run as an independent.
She defeated conservative political veteran and former foreign minister Anze Logar.
According to the election commission, Ms. Pirc Musar received nearly 54% of the vote, beating Mr. Logar who received slightly over 46%.
The commission reported that 49.9% of the roughly two million residents participated in the election.
According to report, Slovenia has elected a president who believes in the European Union, in the democratic values on which the EU was founded,” Ms Pirc Musar said after her victory.
She noted that the world is “facing tough times because of climate change”.
“Young people are now putting the responsibility on our political shoulders to take care of our planet so that our next generation, our children, will live in a healthy and clean environment,” she said.
The role of president is mostly ceremonial, but Ms Pirc Musar will be commander in chief of the armed forces and also nominates several top officials, including the central bank governor.
Ms Pirc Musar was hired as a lawyer to protect the interests of Mrs Trump, who was born in Slovenia, during her husband’s presidency.
In 2016, Ms Pirc Musar and her client filed a lawsuit against Suzy magazine in Slovenia for suggesting Mrs Trump had worked as a high-end escort while pursuing her international modelling career. An out-of-court settlement was reached.
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