LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Small, crisis-hit EU member Slovenia is choosing a president in an atmosphere of uncertainty and growing discontent with cost-cutting measures designed to avoid an international bailout.
Sunday’s vote comes just days after anti-austerity protests in the capital erupted in clashes that left 15 people injured and triggered fears the economic crisis could push Slovenia into instability.
Developments in Slovenia are closely watched in the European Union. The tiny eurozone nation has promised to follow through with budget cuts and banking changes so it would not have to ask for EU help.
Some 1.7 million voters are choosing between incumbent Danilo Turk and former prime minister Borut Pahor, who is tipped as the frontrunner. Pahor has supported some government’s austerity measures, while Turk is a fierce critic.
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