Borut Pahor became the first Slovenian president in two decades to win re-election, defeating an ex-comedian-turned-small-town-mayor in a tight runoff in the European Union and euro-region nation.

‘We know what to expect from Pahor as he’ll do pretty much as he did in the past, such as not meddling too much into daily politics and shying away from controversy,’ Otilia Dhand, an analyst at Teneo Intelligence in Brussels, said by phone. ‘The result confirms Slovenian voters are firmly placed in the center-left of the political spectrum.’

Pahor backs the privatization, part of a deal with the European Union under the 2013 bailout. Speaking the week before the election decider, he said he’s prepared to re-appoint Bostjan Jazbec as central bank governor when his term ends in 2019. Pahor said the nomination would hinge on Jazbec enjoying support among parties in parliament.

‘I won’t change my style as president,’ Pahor, who’ll now begin a second and final five-year term, said Sunday in televised comments. ‘My voice will be heard a bit more than in the past but not too much. I’ll speak out when I believe I can help solve a problem and not deepen existing divisions.'” (exerpts from Bloomberg)