Category: Croatia

Milanović defeats Grabar-Kitarović in Croatia’s Presidential elections

Opinion polls suggested Milanovic would win the largely ceremonial post, though by a smaller margin [Marko Djurica/Reuters]

Social Democrat candidate Zoran Milanović emerged as the winner in the recently concluded presidential elections in Croatia beating incumbent president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic of the governing Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party. Milanović generated 52.7% of the vote according to results released late Sunday, January 5, as against Grabar-Kitarovic who garnered only 47.3% in the second round of the elections.

Eleven candidates initially competed during the first round of the elections held last December 22, 2019. The incumbent president only got garnered 26.65% while former Prime Minister Milanović got 29.55%. For failing to reach a majority, a second round of voting became necessary.

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11 candidates compete for Croatia’s Presidential seat

The 2019 Croatian presidential election is set on December 22, 2019 with eleven candidates competing for the highest government post according to the Croation State Election Commission (DIP) last Thursday,  December 5.

Twelve candidates filed for the post but one of those who applied, Slobodan Midžić, was disqualified after submitting a petition with only one signature. According to the country’s presidential election guidelines, a potential candidate must gather at least 10,000 signatures from eligible voters before his/her name will be printed on the ballot.

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic

The candidates who were able to meet the 10,000 signature requirement are as follows:

CandidateParty affiliationNumber of Signatures Garnered
Nedjeljko BabićCroatian Party of all Chakavians, Kajkavians and Shtokavians14,000
Anto ĐapićDemocratic Alliance for National Renewal13,000
Kolinda Grabar-KitarovićIndependent231,000
Milan Bandić (also known as Dario Juričan)Independent13,000
Dejan KovačCroatian Social Liberal Party16,000
Zoran MilanovićSocial Democratic Party78,000
Dalija OreškovićIndependent11,000
Katarina PeovićWorkers’ Front14,000
Ivan PernarParty of Ivan Pernar15,000
Miroslav ŠkoroIndependent70,000

The highest number of signatures was garnered by incumbent president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović with 231,000. The reelectionist president is also expected to win the first round for garnering  28.6 per cent in the latest opinion polls. She, however, will be facing Zoran Milanovic who got 24.3 per cent.

Should the top vote-getter in December 22 fails to generate a majority vote, a round-up election will be held on January 5, 2020.