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Biography of Janez Drnovsek

Ljubljana, 23 February - Former Slovenian President and Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek, who died overnight at the age of 57, was one of the most influential Slovenian politicians of the past 20 years and a seminal figure in the country's transition to a market economy and successful bids for NATO and EU membership.

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Jasa Drnovsek, the son of the deceased former Slovenian president Janez Drnovsek, in front of Drnovsek's house.
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Jasa Drnovsek, the son of the deceased former Slovenian president Janez Drnovsek, in front of Drnovsek's house.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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The house of the deceased Former President Janez Drnovsek.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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Jasa Drnovsek, the son of the deceased former Slovenian president Janez Drnovsek and the president's sister Helena Drnovsek Zorko at Drnovsek's house.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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The house of the deceased Former President Janez Drnovsek.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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The house of the deceased Former President Janez Drnovsek.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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The house of the deceased Former President Janez Drnovsek.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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Former Slovenian president Janez Drnovsek.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA
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The late former Slovenian president Janez Drnovsek.
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Janez Drnovsek (right) formally handing over his duties to his successor Danilo Türk.
Photo: Domen Grögl/STA
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Former Slovenian president Janez Drnovšek.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA
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The deceased former Slovenian president Janez Drnovsek.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA
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The deceased former Slovenian president Janez Drnovsek.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA
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The deceased former Slovenian president Janez Drnovsek (right) formally handing over his duties to President Danilo Tuerk.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA
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The deceased former Slovenian president Janez Drnovsek.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA
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The deceased former Slovenian president Janez Drnovsek (left).
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA
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