Slovenia's incumbent president, Danilo Turk, looks poised to win re-election in Sunday's poll. The country is in the midst of a deepening financial crisis and may seek a bailout from the EU.
Slovenia's parliament has voted for law professor Miro Cerar as the country's new prime minister. He will face the challenge of boosting Slovenia's fragile economy while cutting public spending.
New Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says EU membership and democratic reforms are his main priorities, in his first speech as head of state. He took the oath of office earlier on Thursday.
Outgoing Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been sworn in as president. The new post extends his more than decade-long political domination of the country.
For the first time in Turkish history, Turks living abroad can vote in an election as they choose their president in what is likely to be a test run for future votes. But turnout is expected to be fairly low.
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