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SNS Defectors Establish Lipa, Pece Elected President

Ljubljana, 1 March - The three MPs that split off from the opposition National Party (SNS) in January have formally established a new political party called Lipa (Linden). After adopting the party's programme and statute at the founding convention in Ljubljana on Saturday, the members elected Saso Pece the first president.

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The founding convention of the Lipa (Linden) party.
Photo: Dejan Mijovic/STA

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MPs Saso Pece, Barbara Zgajner Tavz and Bostjan Zagorac (from left to right) at the founding convention of the Lipa (Linden) party.
Photo: Dejan Mijovic/STA

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The founding convention of the Lipa (Linden) party.
Photo: Dejan Mijovic/STA

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MPs Barbara Zgajner Tavz, Saso Pece and Bostjan Zagorac (from left to right) at the founding convention of the Lipa (Linden) party.
Photo: Dejan Mijovic/STA

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MP Saso Pece at the founding convention of the Lipa (Linden) party.
Photo: Dejan Mijovic/STA

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The founding convention of the Lipa (Linden) party.
Photo: Dejan Mijovic/STA

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MPs Saso Pece (left) and Barbara Zgajner Tavz at the founding convention of the Lipa (Linden) party.
Photo: Dejan Mijovic/STA

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MP Saso Pece (centre) at the founding convention of the Lipa (Linden) party.
Photo: Dejan Mijovic/STA

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MP Saso Pece casting a vote at the founding convention of the Lipa (Linden) party.
Photo: Dejan Mijovic/STA

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