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Latest update : 2008-09-21

Slovenia began voting in parliamentary elections on Sunday, with Prime Minister Janez Jansa's scandalous ruling centre-right Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) showing an early lead in polls.

Voting began Sunday in Slovenia in parliamentary elections with a bribery scandal hanging over Prime Minister Janez Jansa and the opposition left showing unity in a bid to regain power after four years of centre-right rule.
   
The last poll published by the daily Delo -- polls are only allowed until a week before elections -- put Jansa's centre-right Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) in the lead with 25.0 percent of votes, ahead of the main opposition centre-left Social Democratic party (former communists), with 22.4 percent.
   
In a show of unity Tuesday, the Social Democrats closed ranks with their rivals on the left, the Liberal Democracy Party (LDS) and the newly founded Zares, hoping to motivate voters to go to the polls.
   
Slovenia's 1.7 million eligible citizens will vote to elect the fifth 90-seat parliament since the former Yugoslav republic declared independence in 1991.
   
Voting will end at 7 pm (1700 GMT).
   
The country's two main television stations will publish exit poll results immediately after the end of voting while the first partial results are expected later during the night.

Date created : 2008-09-21

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