Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Slovenia May Go the Way of Italy With Tight Election

  • Anti-refugee former premier leads polls ahead of Sunday’s vote
  • Leftist groups vow to shun frontrunner Jansa in cabinet talks
SLOVENIA-POLITICS-VOTE-ELECTION

Photographer: Jure Macovek/AFP via Getty Images

Updated on

A former prime minister pursuing an anti-refugee platform like the one that propelled nationalists to power in Italy is poised to win Slovenia’s elections, though rivals’ vows to shun him may thwart his path to government.

Janez Jansa is hoping to form his third cabinet after tumbling out of politics in scandal five years ago. Opposing him are comedian-turned-Mayor Marjan Sarec, who once imitated Jansa as part of his routine, and center-left parties who may cooperate with him to form a new government. With opinion polls showing wildly varying results and more than a fifth of voters undecided before Sunday’s ballot, it may lead to a scenario like the one that almost pushed Italy into a do-over election.