Mayor of Zagreb Milan Bandić has emerged as the major winner in the first round of municipal elections, which took place in Croatia on May 19, reports Večernji list.
Support for the Social Democratic Party (SDP), which leads the ruling coalition, declined throughout the country, while the nationalist Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) succeeded in gaining ground.
With 47.3 per cent of first round votes, the populist and former SDP MP, Bandić, is in a good position to obtain a fifth mandate in Zagreb City Hall.
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