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Slight Lead for SD, Look of Next Govt Still Open

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Ljubljana, 21 September - The opposition SocDems (SD) hold a paper-thin lead over their main rivals, the ruling Slovenian Democrats (SDS), as nearly all votes from Slovenia were counted in Sunday's general election. But the vote has produced no clear-cut ruling coalition.

Ljubljana
Leaders of Social Democrats (SD), Liberal Democrats (LDS) and Zares, Borut Pahor, Katarina Kresal and Gregor Golobic, (from left to right) at the 2008 general election press centre.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Ljubljana
SocDems leader Borut Pahor addressing the press at the general election 2008 press centre.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Ljubljana
SLS leader Bojan Srot (second from right) and SMS president Darko Krajnc (right) addressing the press at the press centre.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Ljubljana
Liberal Democrats (LDS) leader Katarina Kresal waiting for the results of the 2008 general election.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Ljubljana
The People's Party (SLS) Bojan Srot waiting for the results of the 2008 general election.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Ljubljana
Social Democrats (SD) leader Borut Pahor after the announcement of the exit polls of the general election.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Ljubljana
Leader of the Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) Karl Erjavec (centre) after the announcement of the exit polls of the 2008 general election.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Ljubljana
Leader of the Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) Karl Erjavec (left) after the announcement of the exit polls of the 2008 general election.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Ljubljana
Leader of the National party (SNS) Zmago Jelincic (right) waiting for the results of the 2008 general election at the party's headquarters.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Ljubljana
Prime Minister Janez Jansa after the announcement of the exit polls of the general election.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Ljubljana
Prime Minister Janez Jansa after the announcement of the exit polls of the general election.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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Zares leader Gregor Golobic (right) after the announcement of the exit polls.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Ljubljana
Head of the opposition Zares, Gregor Golobic, (right) at the Zares campaign headquarters after the announcement of the exit polls of the general election.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

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