The prime minister of a centre-left government between 2008-12, Borut Pahor was elected president in December 2012, beating incumbent Danilo Turk by a thumping margin of 34% of the vote.
However, the low turnout - only one in three eligible voters made it to the polls - was seen as a sign of widespread disenchantment with Slovenia's political class.
The election took place against a background of popular discontent at the centre-right government's austerity measures, with many Slovenes taking to the streets to call for the resignation of the political elite.
Mr Pahor's conciliatory style and calm demeanour was seen to have gone down better than the abrasive approach of Mr Turk, and he appears to be untouched by the corruption allegations that have dogged other senior Slovene politicians.
He said on being elected that Slovenia needs "trust, respect and tolerance".
The role of president is largely ceremonial, but carries authority in defence and foreign affairs.
Born in 1963, Mr Pahor belonged to the reform wing of the Yugoslav Communist League in Slovenia in the 1980s, before going on to become the leader of the Social Democrats after Slovene independence.
He became prime minister after his party's narrow victory at the September 2008 parliamentary elections. The Social Democrats replaced a centre-right coalition under Janez Jansa, the current prime minister.
His government lost a vote of confidence in September 2011 after a referendum rejected major pension reforms.
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Slovenia Government Profiles (Subcategories)
- Slovenia ranked first for red tape > time required to register property > days amongst Europe in 2013.
- Slovenia ranked first for time required to start a business > days amongst High income OECD countries in 2006.
- Slovenia ranked first for democracy > democratic institutions rating amongst Christian countries in 1999.