Croatia has its first woman President!
As thought before the election results were close, at almost dead-heat or the narrowest of margins: Grabar-Kitarovic more than 50% and Ivo Josipovic more than 49%.
The Croatian people have made it clear that they crave a new direction in the Office of the President of Croatia. With Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic’s win against the incumbent Ivo Josipovic Croatia now has the benefit of positive energy that is destined to drive the changes towards a better Croatia, which was Grabar-Kitarovic’s election slogan. Her election program pledged measures that would, among others, bring about economic growth and usher in social stability through the protection of basic social rights and empowering the systems towards achieving life of dignity resulting from improved living standards. Croatia is not only on its knees economically but also with its identity as a country that was created for and paid dearly for its goal to shed communism and live democracy.
These election results say that the people truly appreciated what Grabar-Kitarovic has done so far in her professional career and that they have placed their trust in her, especially her pledges to bring the government to the table with view to working together for a better Croatia. Although the results between the two candidates are close, achieving them has come at a significantly increased efforts in mobilising as many voters as possible into voting.
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, 46, is a politically conservative member of the Croatian Democratic Union/HDZ which led Croatia towards independence from communist Yugoslavia from 1990. She is a former Croatian Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the US and Assistant Secretary General to the Nato.
I am thrilled with these election results and congratulate Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on her victory! Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb), B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)