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05 Jan 2020 | 09:42 PM UTC

Croatia: Zoran Milanović elected as President January 5 /update 1

Zoran Milanović wins presidential election on January 5; political rallies and associated disruptions possible in coming days

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Event

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. 

Advice

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.