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 Monday, 23 December, 2002, 05:42 GMT
New Slovene president takes office
Slovenia's long-serving Prime Minister, Janez Drnovsek, has been sworn in as the country's new president.

In his address to parliament, Mr Drnovsek said that membership of the European Union and Nato would continue to be Slovenia's priorities.

Mr Drnovsek was elected president in early December and he replaces the reformed communist Milan Kucan.

Mr Kucan had led the country since it declared its independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1991.

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