To Close to Call in Croatian Election
- New Europe Investor
- October 27, 2015
The two major parties in Croatia are battling out a very tight election, with the result currently too close to call.
The president, Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic only recently announced that voting would take place on 8th November. She urged Croatians, especially the younger population, to use their democratic right to vote and not let others choose the eventual government for them.
Prime Minister, Zoran Milanovic and his centre left Social Democratic party is trailing just behind the opposition, Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ, led by Tomislav Karamarko. One poll puts the opposition on 25.1% to 23.7%, but reports suggest this gap is closing.
Croatia has only this year emerged from a six year economic recession that cost the economy over 12% of its GDP, the worst crisis since the war in 1991-1995. Despite the country this year finally returning to growth, it is estimated that it will still be well below 1%.
The major election issue, apart from the economy, is the refugee crisis that Croatia has also become heavily involved in.