Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, candidate of the centre-right Croatian Democratic Union, won Croatia’s presidential election of 11 January with 50.74 per cent of votes, pulling ahead of outgoing president Ivo Josipović by just over 20,000 ballots, reports 24 Sata.
It is the first time Croatia has elected a woman to be its head of state. A former foreign affairs minister and ambassador to Washinton, Grabar-Kitarović has also been Assistant Secretary General at NATO.
The Zagreb daily notes Croatians voting abroad tipped the balance in Grabar-Kitarović’s favour, with more than 91 per cent casting ballots for her candidacy. The overall participation rate was 59.06 per cent.
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