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Ljubljana, 2 February - THE SLOVENEC: VYING FOR VOTERS - The Slovene Farmers Alliance (SKZ-LS), at Saturday's convention in Maribor, changed its name to the Slovene People's Party (SLS). By changing its name, the former SKZ-LS has revealed some of its plans and expectations and also some of its weaknesses, wrote Pavle Bratina. One of the bright sides of the Maribor event are the SLS's efforts to bridge the farmers' trade union movement as soon as possible and to aim for greater success in the next elections by rising above the relatively narrow circle of the ideas of it heretofore sympathizers. Considering that the Farmers' Alliance has gained a considerable amount of confidence of its voters with its past policy, the change could be risky, as the new program of the party and the change of name brings it dangerously close to the Christian Democrats. This is why we must view the actions of the SLS above all in the light of vying for the still undecided voters and the search for reliable coalition partners. With its move onto the "field" of the Christian Democrats, the SLS has certainly also moved closer to the voters, wrote Mr. Bratina.

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