Lawyer Natasa Pirc Musar becomes the first woman to be elected president in Slovenia

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.”

Slovenia elected a renowned lawyer new to politics as president on Sunday, Natasa Pirc Musar, the first woman to lead the Alpine country. The 54-year-old independent candidate collected nearly 54% of the voting intentions, according to the results published by the Electoral Commission.

She clearly distances her conservative rival Anze Logar (46%), former Minister of Foreign Affairs and winner of the first round on October 23.

“You are paving the way for future generations”

“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. And after Jansa-era tensions with Brussels, she insisted on her confidence “in the European Union and the democratic values ​​on which it was founded”.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen immediately hailed the victory. “As the first woman elected to the presidency, you are paving the way for future generations,” she tweeted.

During the campaign, Natasa Pirc Musar, who defines herself as “liberal”, highlighted her desire to give more substance to this essentially ceremonial post.

“The president cannot be neutral, he must have an opinion”, be “a moral authority”, she underlined in the interval. “I’ve never been afraid to raise my voice,” she said.

“A difficult campaign”

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.

Without the support of an “established party”, she estimated on Sunday that she had experienced “a more difficult campaign” than her rivals, even if the Liberal Prime Minister Robert Golob gave her his support after the first round.

“I was called a careerist, you would never say that of a man”, she had lambasted before, wanting to be “the voice of women” in Slovenia and abroad.

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