Slovenia. Drummer Zoran Jankovič and his newly formed party Positiva Slovenia failed at the beginning of the year to form government. The assignment then went to former Prime Minister Janez Janša, who was the second of the December elections. Janša, leader of the right-wing party of the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS), was approved by Parliament and a new government coalition of five middle-right parties was formed in February.
Jankovič was arrested for questioning in September, suspected of corruption in connection with the construction of a sports arena. His home and workplace were also searched. Jankovič, who was mayor of the capital Ljubljana, denied all charges.
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The country was hit by one of the more difficult recessions among euro area countries. The new government decided on tough austerity measures. Protesters met in the fall with police in connection with protests against cuts and alleged corruption.
In elections to the mainly ceremonial presidential post, former Socialist Prime Minister Borut Pahor triumphed over incumbent President Danilo Türk. In the second round of elections in December, Pahor won with 67% of the vote.
According to countryaah, the population of Slovenia in 2012 was 2,071,088, ranking number 147 in the world. The population growth rate was 0.270% yearly, and the population density was 102.8401 people per km2.