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Kresal Elected New LDS Leader

┼Żalec, 30 June - The opposition Liberal Democrats (LDS) elected on Saturday Katarina Kresal, a 34-year-old political unknown, to head the party. Kresal got 287 votes at the LDS congress in Zalec to beat out challenger Matjaz Svagan, the mayor of the central town of Zagorje, who got 42.

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Newly-elected LDS leader Katarina Kresal addresses the party's congress.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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Newly-elected LDS leader Katarina Kresal addresses the party's congress.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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The winning and losing contenders for the post of LDS leader, Katarina Kresal (left) and Matjaz Svagan (right), shake hands after the vote.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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LDS deputy Jozef Skolc (left) raises the hand of newly-elected LDS leader Katarina Kresal (right).
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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The LDS congress gets ready to decide on the new leader for the party.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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Candidates for the post of LDS leader Matjaz Svagan (left) and Katarina Kresal (right) speak at the party's congress.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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Outgoing LDS leader Jelko Kacin (middle) is flanked by the candidates running to replace him: Matjaz Svagan (left) and Katarina Kresal (right).
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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