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Slovenian President Drnovsek Will Not Seek Second Term


Slovenian President Janez Drnovsek says he will not run for a second term in 2007. Mr. Drnovsek told Slovenian national television that he has no more political ambitions.

The interview was recorded before his collapse at an independence day ceremony on Saturday and did not address the state of his health.

Mr. Drnovsek was diagnosed with cancer in 1999, and had a cancerous kidney removed that year. He announced last year that doctors had diagnosed new tumors.

A presidential spokeswoman said on Sunday that his fainting spell was caused by unusually high temperatures and a hectic schedule, and that he quickly recovered.

Mr. Drnovsek was elected President of Slovenia in 2002. Before that, he had served as prime minister for most of the previous 10 years and was one of the last presidents of the former Yugoslavia before Slovenia declared independence.

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