Presidential election in Croatia to be held on December 22

epa03771264 The Croatian flag (R) flies next to European flags outside the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 02 July 2013. Following the successful ratification of its European Union Accession Treaty by the national parliaments of the 27 Member States, the Republic of Croatia has joined the EU as the 28th member on 01 July 2013. EPA/PATRICK SEEGER

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Croatia will hold the first round of its presidential elections on December 22, the country’s prime minister has said.

Andrej Plenkovic made the announcement on Thursday during a government session.

In the upcoming election, the incumbent president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic of the centre-right Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) will be up against a candidate from the Social Democrats and Croatia’s former prime minister Zoran Milanovic.

A recent opinion poll saw Grabar-Kitarovic taking the lead with 29% of the vote, while Milanovic polled at 24%.

Via Reuters/Euronews

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