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Sunday, 23 November, 1997, 13:57 GMT
Slovenian president gets re-elected

President Milan Kucan of Slovenia has thanked voters for re-electing him for a second term and promised to work for the country's prosperity.

Mr Kucan was speaking after it was confirmed that he won more than fifty-five percent of the vote in Sunday's presidential election.

A former Communist Party leader in Slovenia, Mr Kucan led the country to independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.

He has since distanced himself from his communist roots and is described as a strong supporter of free market economics and multi-party politics.

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