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Croatia hosts first round of presidential election

Source : 112 Ukraine

11 candidates take part in elections
14:03, 22 December 2019

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December 22, the first round of the presidential election is taking place in Croatia. 3.8 million citizens of the country have the right to vote, DW reports.

Eleven candidates take part in the elections, but the outlet notes that only three of them have chances to win - the current president, representative of the conservative party "Croatian Democratic Commonwealth" Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, former prime minister of the country, Social Democrat Zoran Milanović, and also singer and politician Miroslav Škoro, known for his right-wing views.

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According to the latest opinion poll published by the Croatian state broadcaster HRT, over 28.3% of respondents intend to vote for Grabar-Kitarović, 26.6% for Milanović, and 20.7% for Škoro.

Given the level of voter support for the main contenders, Croatia is likely to have a second round of elections. If no candidate succeeds in gaining more than 50% of the vote, the second round will be held on January 5

As we reported, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković accepted the invitation of the head of the Ukrainian state, Volodymyr Zelensky, to visit Ukraine.

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