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The Latest: Voting ends in Slovenian general election

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) – The Latest on a parliamentary election in Slovenia (all times local):

7:00 p.m.

Polls have closed in the Slovenian parliamentary election that is expected to produce no clear winner amid strong gains by a right-wing opposition party.

Janez Jansa, right-wing opposition Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) leader, right, speaks to journalists after casting his ballot at a polling station in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Sunday, June 3, 2018. Slovenians are voting in a parliamentary election with polls predicting that an anti-immigrant party will win the most votes but not enough to form a government on its own.(AP Photo)

Some 1.7 million voters in the European Union nation of 2 million were choosing Sunday from a vast array of parties, but only several are slated to make it over the 4 percent threshold to be represented in Slovenia’s 90-member parliament.

The anti-immigrant Slovenian Democratic Party of former Prime Minister Janez Jansa was leading the polls going into the election. Trailing behind him were the anti-establishment List of Marjan Sarec, the Social Democrats and the Modern Center Party of outgoing Prime Minister Miro Cerar.

Surveys have predicted that Jansa’s party won’t secure enough of the vote enough to rule on his own, so post-election negotiations to form a new government are likely after Sunday.

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9:15 a.m.

Slovenians are voting in a parliamentary election with polls predicting that an anti-immigrant party will win the most votes but not enough to form a government on its own.

The ballot Sunday is an election called a few weeks earlier than the regular four-year span following the sudden resignation in March of outgoing Prime Minister Miro Cerar over a failed railway project.

The right-wing Slovenian Democratic Party of former Prime Minister Janez Jansa has seen strong support ahead of the ballot, followed by an anti-establishment party led by ex-comedian Marjan Sarec and several moderate groups from the outgoing ruling coalition.

Slovenia, once part of communist-run Yugoslavia and the home nation of U.S. first lady Melania Trump, joined the European Union in 2004. It has been using the shared euro currency since 2007.

Janez Jansa, right-wing opposition Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) leader casts his ballot for the parliamentary elections at a polling station in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Sunday, June 3, 2018. Slovenians are voting in a parliamentary election with polls predicting that an anti-immigrant party will win the most votes but not enough to form a government on its own.(AP Photo)

Janez Jansa, right-wing opposition Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) leader casts his ballot for the parliamentary elections at a polling station in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Sunday, June 3, 2018. Slovenians are voting in a parliamentary election with polls predicting that an anti-immigrant party will win the most votes but not enough to form a government on its own.(AP Photo)

File -- In this Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 photo Slovenian presidential candidate Marjan Sarec talks to the media in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Slovenian voters go to the polls this weekend in a parliamentary election expected to produce no clear winner but could see an anti-immigrant party backed by Hungary's firebrand Prime Minister Viktor Orban make strong gains. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, file)

File — In this Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 photo Slovenian presidential candidate Marjan Sarec talks to the media in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Slovenian voters go to the polls this weekend in a parliamentary election expected to produce no clear winner but could see an anti-immigrant party backed by Hungary’s firebrand Prime Minister Viktor Orban make strong gains. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, file)

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 photo Slovenian Prime Minister, Miro Cerar arrivies for an EU summit at the Europa building in Brussels, Belgium. Slovenian voters go to the polls this weekend in a parliamentary election expected to produce no clear winner but could see an anti-immigrant party backed by Hungary's firebrand Prime Minister Viktor Orban make strong gains. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, File)

FILE – In this Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 photo Slovenian Prime Minister, Miro Cerar arrivies for an EU summit at the Europa building in Brussels, Belgium. Slovenian voters go to the polls this weekend in a parliamentary election expected to produce no clear winner but could see an anti-immigrant party backed by Hungary’s firebrand Prime Minister Viktor Orban make strong gains. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, File)

Janez Jansa, right-wing opposition Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) leader, right, speaks to journalists after casting his ballot at a polling station in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Sunday, June 3, 2018. Slovenians are voting in a parliamentary election with polls predicting that an anti-immigrant party will win the most votes but not enough to form a government on its own.(AP Photo)

Janez Jansa, right-wing opposition Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) leader, right, speaks to journalists after casting his ballot at a polling station in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Sunday, June 3, 2018. Slovenians are voting in a parliamentary election with polls predicting that an anti-immigrant party will win the most votes but not enough to form a government on its own.(AP Photo)

Janez Jansa, right-wing opposition Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) leader, right, accompanied by his wife Urska arrives at the polling station in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Sunday, June 3, 2018. Slovenians are voting in a parliamentary election with polls predicting that an anti-immigrant party will win the most votes but not enough to form a government on its own. (AP Photo)

Janez Jansa, right-wing opposition Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) leader, right, accompanied by his wife Urska arrives at the polling station in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Sunday, June 3, 2018. Slovenians are voting in a parliamentary election with polls predicting that an anti-immigrant party will win the most votes but not enough to form a government on its own. (AP Photo)

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