Croatia votes for second time in a year


Croatians are going to the polls again today just ten months after their last general election for the 151 seats in the parliament.

The previous election, on 8th November 2015 produced an inconclusive result with the opposition centre-right Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and its Patriotic Coalition winning 60 of the 151 seats in the Croatian Parliament or Hrvatski sabor, up from 47 seats in 2011.

The ruling centre-left Croatia is Growing (formerly Kukuriku coalition) of Prime Minister Zoran Milanović, whose main constituent party is the Social Democratic Party of Croatia (SDP) won 55 seats down from 81 seats in 2011.

It was a new party, the Bridge of Independent Lists (MOST) which exceeded expectations and took 19 seats. Five smaller parties took one or two seats each.

Following the election a government was formed, led by Independent Tihomir Orešković who was supported by the Patriotic Coalition, MOST and several of the smaller parties. The HDZ put forward and won a motion of no confidence against the prime minister in June this year but were not able to form a government of their own leading to the dissolution of parliament.

In this election the People’s Coalition led by the Social Democrats look set to take the largest number of seats once more. They are on 34.5% in the opinion polls with the HDZ on 27.2%. MOST are on 8.8% and a new party, the centrist Human Shield looks set to enter parliament on 6.0%.

Polls opened at 7 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m. for the 3.74 million voters who will vote at 6,500 polling stations and will be choosing from around 2,500 candidates.

A very good article on the election by a political analyst can be found here.

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