Career changer wins elections
Independent Berk Mussar becomes president of Slovenia
Independent lawyer Natasa Berk-Mussar has won the presidential run-off in Slovenia, a member state of the European Union. Before the runoff, it was supported by the left-liberal camp.
Natasha Burke-Mussar after the election
In Slovenia, Natasha Burke-Mussar was the first woman elected president of the country. The change of the nonpartisan liberal profession came from 55 percent of the vote to about 54 percent in Sunday’s run-off election. Conservative former foreign minister and political veteran Anzi Lugar, who was the No. 1 in the first round, only got under 46 percent.
“We have to commit to each other to do something good for our beautiful country,” Berk Mussar told reporters when the first results came out. Melania Trump’s ex-lawyer has announced that in her new role she wants to be Slovenia’s “woman’s voice” and a “moral authority”.
Political newcomer Berk Mussar has spent ten years as the information commissioner for data protection and more transparent authorities. Before that, she made a name for herself as a TV presenter. In 2016, she established her own law firm. When Melania Trump became the first lady of the United States, Berk Mussar banned companies from promoting the former Slovenian model’s name on her behalf.
“The head of state must have an opinion”
Your opponent Lugar is a partisan friend of former right-wing populist Prime Minister Janez Gansa, but ran as an independent candidate. During the election campaign, the 46-year-old presented himself as a “moderate” politician who wanted to unite the country.
The President of Slovenia has mostly representative duties. But during the election campaign, Berk Mussar announced that she would give the position more weight: “A head of state cannot be impartial, he must have an opinion” and be a “moral authority,” she told AFP.
Outgoing President Purut Pahor has often been criticized for his negative attitude towards former Prime Minister Jansa. After two terms in office, he was no longer allowed to run.
During the election campaign, Berk Mussar faced allegations regarding her husband’s lucrative business activities at home and abroad. She accuses her opponents of attacking her with brutality, especially because she is a woman.
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