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29, December 2014.
PRESIDENTAL ELECTIONS IN CROATIA
Croatian presidental elections in foreign medias
Croatian presidental elections-candidates

On Sunday 28th December held presidential election in Croatia. In the first round elections the president is not elected, two of candidates Ivo JosipoviŠ and Kolinda Grabar KitaroviŠ will be into the second round elections on January 11th. At the presidential election voted 1.8 million Croats ( 47,14 %)

The election results :




BBC: Croatia presidency vote goes to runoff after tight contest

The Croatian presidential election is heading for a runoff after Sunday's vote provided no outright winner.
The incumbent, Ivo Josipovic, won 38.50 % of the vote, compared to 37% for Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, the election commission said. Since neither candidate got more than 50%, a runoff will be
held on January 11th. The president is a largely ceremonial role, but the election is seen as a key test for the main political parties.
Mr Josipovic, a law expert and classical composer, was nominated by the governing coalition.
His rival Ms Grabar-Kitarovic is a former foreign minister and assistant to the Nato secretary general. She is the candidate of the main opposition party.

REUTERS: No outright winner in Croatia's presidential vote, runoff on January 11

Croatia's presidential election on Sunday produced no outright winner, leaving incumbent Ivo Josipovic, who narrowly led the first round, facing a runoff vote against an opposition challenger on Jan. 11.

With around 94 percent of the votes counted, Josipovic, supported by the ruling Social Democrats, was on top with 38.5 percent, followed closely by Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic of the main opposition party, the HDZ, on 37 percent.

Croatia, which joined the EU in July last year, has had six years of recession with prospects of zero growth in 2015. The president, elected for a five-year term, has a say in foreign policy, defense and intelligence, but has no power to veto laws.

THE GUARDIAN: Croatian presidential candidates set for election run-off


Ivo Josipovic and his conservative rival, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, look to be almost neck and neck after first-round vote.

The Croatian president, Ivo Josipovic, and his conservative rival were headed for a January run-off on Sunday following a tight first round vote overshadowed by the country’s deep economic crisis.

Centre-left incumbent Josipovic and his main challenger, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, will face off on 11 January after both failed to win an outright majority in the race for the largely ceremonial post.

 

In a neck-and-neck first round, Josipovic garnered 38.56% of the vote compared with Grabar-Kitarovic’s 37.08%, the electoral commission said after 95% of polling stations had reported their results.

Bad weather and snow that hit most of the country overnight did not appear to have affected turnout, which stood at 47.11%.This was up around 3% from presidential elections held five years ago.

The soft-spoken Josipovic – the third president of the former Yugoslav republic since its independence in 1991 – is a member of the Social Democratic party (SDP), the main partner in the ruling coalition.

The 57-year-old former law professor, who came to office on an anti-corruption ticket, famously played Beethoven’s Ode to Joy on the piano when Croatia joined the European Union in 2013, hoping membership would revive its flagging economy.

 

But the tourism-reliant economy of the small Adriatic nation of 4.2 million remains one of the EU’s weakest after six years of recession.Unemployment is close to 20%, half of the country’s youth are jobless and public debt is close to 80% of gross domestic product (GDP).

“We won in the first round, we will win in the second,” Josipovic told supporters at his campaign headquarters in Zagreb late on Sunday.

“My programme offers Croatia more democracy, more human rights, tolerance,” he said, pledging to work towards an economy “without so many unemployed”.

Grabar-Kitarovic, 46, who represents moderates within the opposition HDZ, said voters had shown they wanted change.

“Croatia deserves, can and has to do better!” Grabar-Kitarovic – a former foreign and European affairs minister and an ex-Nato assistant secretary general – told supporters at the HDZ election headquarters, vowing to lead the country “towards prosperity”.

During her campaign Grabar-Kitarovic had slammed Josipovic’s lack of initiative in tackling Croatia’s economic woes, accusing him of sharing the blame for the country’s ills.

The centre-left government has been accused of failing to carry out the necessary reforms to address the country’s huge and inefficient public sector or improve the investment climate.

Though the president has limited powers – running the country is primarily left to the government – the election was seen as a key test for Croatia’s political parties ahead of parliamentary contests in late 2015.

Mario Rozankovic, a voter from Zagreb in his 30s, said he backed Josipovic because he viewed him as “honest, respectable, intelligent and capable”.

Ivan Janjic, a clerk in his 40s, said he backed the HDZ candidate.“She is a genuine patriot who left a good job abroad to help her country,” he said.

The other two candidates in the race were rightist Milan Kujundzic and activist Ivan Vilibor Sincic, who is known for fighting against forced evictions for people who fall behind on debt repayments.

Sincic won 16.48% of the vote, followed by Kujundzic with 6.26%.

 

Analysts said 24-year-old student Sincic had been the big surprise of the campaign, striking a chord with voters disenchanted with the political elite and looking for change.

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