The leader of the Social Democrats opposition party, Zoran Milanović, won the presidential election on Sunday, January 5, with 52.7 percent of votes. His five-year term will begin on Wednesday, February 19. The incumbent President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović garnered 47.3 percent of votes.
Political rallies and protests are possible in the lead up to the elections and following the result of the vote; a heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be anticipated near all such demonstrations.
Individuals in Croatia are advised to avoid public demonstrations as a precaution, refrain from discussing political subjects in public or on social media, and anticipate protests, rallies, a heightened security presence, and localized disruptions.