Contemporary Southeastern Europe
Election Analyses
 
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The 2014/2015 Croatian Presidential Election: Tight and Far-reaching Victory of the Political Right

By: 
  • Dražen Lalić,
  • Marijana Grbeša
The presidential election that was held in Croatia on the last Sunday of 2014 (first round) and the second Sunday of 2015 (second round) resulted in a tight victory for Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, the candidate of the right-wing Croatian Democratic Union (Hrvatska Demokratska Zajednica, HDZ) and another seven right-wing parties, over the incumbent Ivo Josipović, the candidate of the governing Social Democratic Party (Socijaldemokratska partija Hrvatske, SDP) and another sixteen parties of the left and centre. Although presidential competencies in Croatia, which is a parliamentary democracy, are not extensive, the presidential election provoked great interest not only in the country, but also internationally.
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