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Slovenia: Drnovsek Resigns After Winning Presidency

Ljubljana, 2 December 2002 (RFE/RL) -- Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek today resigned after winning the presidency in yesterday's elections. The electoral commission said late last night that after counting 92 percent of the ballots, Drnovsek won more than 56 percent of the vote while the second candidate, Barbara Brezigarn, received about 44 percent.

Drnovsek's presidential inauguration is to take place on 23 December. Drnovsek, who has been Slovenia's prime minister since 1992 (except for a brief time in 2000), is to become the country's second president since Slovenia gained independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.

Drnovsek will replace Milan Kucan, who is barred by the constitution from seeking a third term. Drnovsek is likely to be replaced by his deputy and finance minister, Anton Rop.